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Carlia sexdentata (MACLEAY, 1877)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesClosed-litter Rainbow-skink 
SynonymHeteropus sexdentatus MACLEAY 1877: 67
Heteropus variegatus MACLEAY 1877: 66
Heteropus maculatus DE VIS 1885: 169
Heteropus rubricatus DE VIS 1885: 170
Carlia sexdentata — DONNELLAN et al. 2009
Carlia sexdentata — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (NE Northern Territory and NE Queensland)

Type locality: Cape Grenville, NE Qld (11°58'S, 143°14'E).  
TypesLectotype: AMS (AM) R31879
Syntypes: AM R31868-70, from Darnley Is., Torres Strait, Qld. [Heteropus variegatus]
Holotype: QM presumed lost (probably from Cape York, Qld.), see Covacevich (1971) [Heteropus maculatus]
Holotype: QM presumed lost (probably from Cape York, Qld.), see Covacevich (1971) [Heteropus rubricatus] 
CommentSynonymy after DONNELLAN et al. 2009. Has long been synonymized with Carlia longipes.

Note: the ear lobule state (ear aperture is completely surrounded by sharply pointed lobules in C. longipes vs usually a series of well-developed lobules on anterior margin often producing a distinctive comb-like effect, lobules poorly to moderately developed on other surfaces of ear for C. sexdentata) is more variable in Torres Strait with island C. sexdentata specimens commonly approaching the `completely surrounded’ C. longipes condition. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • De Vis, C. W. 1885. A conspect of the genus Heteropus. Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensland 1: 166-173 - get paper here
  • DONNELLAN, S.C.; P.J. COUPER, K. M. SAINT & L. WHEATON 2009. Systematics of the Carlia ‘fusca’ complex (Reptilia: Scincidae) from northern Australia. Zootaxa 2227: 1-31 - get paper here
  • Macleay, W. 1877. The lizards of the Chevert Expedition. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 2: 60-69; 97-104 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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