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Concinnia queenslandiae (DE VIS, 1890)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesPrickly Forest Skink 
SynonymTropidophorus queenslandiae DE VIS 1890
Tropidophorus queenslandiae - COGGER 1983: 193
Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae - WELLS & WELLINGTON 1983
Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae — COGGER 2000: 499
Gyneptoscincus [sic] queenslandiae — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 222
Concinnia queenslandiae — SKINNER et al. 2013
Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae — COGGER 2014: 571 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Bellenden Ker and Herberton, Qld. Map legend:
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Reproductionviviparous (live-bearing), giving birth to 1-5 young in the late wet season (January-March). 
TypesSyntypes: QM J233, QM J252, ?QM J19744-19751 
CommentHabitat: rainforests, under and within rotting logs (Naylor, 1980; Cogger, 2000).

Behavior: Individuals show strong site-fidelity (Sumner and Moritz, unpublished data, cited in Sumner et al.). 
References
  • 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.
  • Covacevich J A; Couper P J; James C 1993. A new skink, Nangura spinosa gen. et sp. nov, from a dry rainforest of southeastern Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 34 (1): 159-167
  • Cunningham, Michael 1993. Reproductive biology of the Prickly Forest Skink, Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae, an endemic species from northern Queensland. Mem. Queensland Mus. 34(1): 131-138
  • de Vis, C. W. 1890. Descriptions of two lizards of genera new to Australian Herpetology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 4:1034-1036 [1889] - get paper here
  • Greer, A. E. 1979. A phylogenetic subdivision of Australian skinks. Rec. Austral. Mus. 32: 339-371 - get paper here
  • Muñoz, M. M., Langham, G. M., Brandley, M. C., Rosauer, D. F., Williams, S. E. and Moritz, C. 2016. Basking behavior predicts the evolution of heat tolerance in Australian rainforest lizards. Evolution, 70: 2537–2549.doi:10.1111/evo.13064 - get paper here
  • Naylor, L.M. 1980. The maintenance of a group of prickly forest skinks (Tropidophorus queenslandiae de Vis), in captivity. Thylacinus, J Aust. Soc. Zookeepers 5: 5-6
  • Pianka, E.R. & Vitt, L.J. 2003. Lizards - Windows to the Evolution of Diversity. University of California Press, Berkeley, 347 pp. [review in Copeia 2004: 955] - get paper here
  • Reeder, T.W. 2003. A phylogeny of the Australian Sphenomorphus group (Scincidae: Squamata) and the phylogenetic placement of the crocodile skinks (Tribolonotus): Bayesian approaches to assessing congruence and obtaining confidence in maximum likelihood inferred relatio Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 27: 384–397 - get paper here
  • Skinner, Adam; Mark N. Hutchinson, Michael S.Y. Lee 2013. Phylogeny and Divergence Times of Australian Sphenomorphus Group Skinks (Scincidae, Squamata). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69 (3): 906–918 - get paper here
  • Sumner, Joanna ; Craig Moritz, Richard Shine 1999. Shrinking forest shrinks skink: morphological change in response to rainforest fragmentation in the prickly forest skink (Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae). Biological Conservation 91:159-167
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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