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Carlia rubigo HOSKIN & COUPER, 2012

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesOrange-flanked Rainbow Skink 
SynonymCarlia rubigo HOSKIN & COUPER 2012 
DistributionAustralia (NE Queensland)

Type locality: Magnetic Island, Gustav Ck (19°08'50"S, 146°50'41"E), north-east Queensland.  
TypesHolotype: QM J90885, male, C. Hoskin, 13 February 2011.
Paratypes. QM J78516-17 Survey Dam, Princess Hills, Girringun NP (18°14' 14"S, 145°28' 34"E); J90883-84 Magnetic Island, Gustav Ck (19°08'50"S, 146°50'41"E); J76655, J76658-59 Nelly Bay, Magnetic Is (19°10'S, 146° 51'E); J90890 Cape Cleveland (19°17'29"S, 147°01'22"E); J65166 Shark Bay, Cape Upstart (19°44'S, 147°45'E); J65165 Cape Upstart, on top (19°44'S, 147°49'E); J90886-87 Lolworth Ck, near Dalrymple National Park (19°51'37"S, 146°07'45"E); J75179 Gloucester Island (20°02' 30"S, 148°26' 30"E); J89141-42, J89145-47 Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour Rd, Mandalay (20°17'S, 148°44' 21"E); J83256 Clermont, 6.5 km NNW (22°46' 06"S, 147° 37' 39"E); J83279 Scotts Peak, Feez Creek Stn (22°51' 44"S, 148°13' 31"E); J88423 Valencia Station (22°56' 14"S, 147°46' 18"E). 
CommentSimilar species: C. decora, C. pectoralis and C. inconnexa 
EtymologyFrom the Latin rubigo, meaning ‘rust'. In reference to the rusty orange colouration on this species, particularly on the flanks of males. The species epithet is treated as a noun in apposition. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 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
  • 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
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