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Carlia pectoralis (DE VIS, 1885)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesOpen-litter Rainbow-skink 
SynonymHeteropus 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 
DistributionAustralia (SE Queensland)

Type locality: Warro Station, Port Curtis, Qld.  
TypesHolotype: QM J1414 
CommentSynonymy: 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 
EtymologyThe species name pectoralis translates as ‘breasted'. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Couper, P., Covacevich, J., Amey, A. & Baker, A. 2006. The genera of skinks (Family Scincidae) of Australia and its island territories: diversity, distribution and identification. in: Merrick, J.R., Archer, M., Hickey, G.M. & Lee, M.S.Y. (eds.). Evolution and Zoogeography of Australasian Vertebrates. Australian Scientific Publishing, Sydney, pp. 367-384
  • De Vis, C. W. 1885. A conspect of the genus Heteropus. Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensland 1: 166-173 - get paper here
  • Dolman, Gaynor & Andrew F. Hugall 2008. Combined mitochondrial and nuclear data enhance resolution of a rapid radiation of Australian rainbow skinks (Scincidae: Carlia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49 (3): 782-794 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1975. Notes on the systematics of the genus Carlia (Lacertilia: Scincidae). I. Carlia melanopogon Gray 1845. Herpetologica 31 (1): 70-75 - get paper here
  • HOSKIN, CONRAD J. & PATRICK J. COUPER 2012. Description of two new Carlia species (Reptilia: Scincidae) from north-east Australia, elevation of Carlia pectoralis inconnexa Ingram & Covacevich 1989 to full species status, and redescription of Carlia pectoralis (de Vis 1884). Zootaxa 3546: 1–28 - get paper here
  • Ingram G; Covacevich J 1989. Revision of the genus Carlia (Reptilia, Scincidae) in Australia with comments on Carlia bicarinata of New Guinea. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 27 (2): 443-490
  • Kluge, A.G. 1963. Notes on the Herpetofauna of Western Australia. Western Australian Naturalist 8 (6): 144-147
  • Mitchell, F. J. 1953. A brief revision of the four-fingered members of the genus Leiolopisma (Lacertilia). Rec. South Austral. Mus. 11: 75-90 - get paper here
  • Smith,M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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