Carlia pectoralis (DE VIS, 1885)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Carlia pectoralis?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Open-litter Rainbow-skink|
|Synonym||Heteropus pectoralis DE VIS 1885|
Heteropus lateralis DE VIS 1885: 168
Lygosoma devisii BOULENGER 1890: 79 (nom. nov. pro H. lateralis)
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) pectorale — SMITH 1937: 225
Leiolopisma pectoralis — KLUGE 1963
Carlia pectoralis — COGGER 1983: 139
Carlia pectoralis pectoralis — INGRAM & CAVACEVICH 1989
Carlia pectoralis — COGGER 2000: 395
Carlia pectoralis — DOLMAN & HUGALL 2008
|Distribution||Australia (SE Queensland)|
Type locality: Warro Station, Port Curtis, Qld.
|Types||Holotype: QM J1414|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A moderate sized Carlia (max SVL 47 mm) that can be distinguished from all congeners by a combined suite of characters. Interparietal scale free. Dorsal scales tricarinate and hexagonally-shaped. Palpebral disc large. Ear aperture usually round (may be vertically elongate) with a rounded lobule on the anterior margin and usually with sharp to bluntly pointed lobules on other margins (Fig. 8C). Supraciliaries usually five. Prefrontals usually narrowly separated or in point contact (Fig. 9C). Upper preocular minute or a narrow, vertical sliver (Fig. 10E). Breeding male with distinct orange upper lateral stripe and usually also an orange lower lateral stripe, with orange extending onto the chest; blue throat; throat, neck and chin scales strongly edged in black (Figs 1E, 2C, 4C, 5C). Female with white mid-lateral stripe that usually becomes ragged and indistinct or breaks up to flecks posteriorly along the flank (Fig. 1F, 6C). Both sexes have a pale greyish tinge on the ventral surface.|
|Comment||Synonymy: after HOSKIN & COUPER 2012.|
Subspecies: Carlia pectoralis inconnexa INGRAM & CAVACEVICH 1989 has been elevated to full species status.
Similar species: C. decora, C. rubigo sp. nov. and C. inconnexa
|Etymology||The species name pectoralis translates as ‘breasted'.|