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Cryptoblepharus daedalos HORNER, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesDappled snake-eyed skink 
SynonymCryptoblepharus daedalos HORNER 2007
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — STORR, 1976
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — STORR et al. 1981: 23
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — GOW 1981b
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — COGGER et al. 1983a: 141
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — WILSON and KNOWLES 1988: 119
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — HORNER 1991: 17
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — EHMANN 1992: 182
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — STANGER et al. 1998: 23
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — STORR et al. 1999: 23
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — COGGER 2000: 405
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — WILSON and SWAN 2003: 148
Cryptoblepharus daedalos — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (NW Northern Territory)

Type locality: Victoria Highway roadside, 7 km west of Victoria River Bridge, Northern Territory, Australia, 15°35’S 131°05’E. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: NTM R13615, adult male, (Tissue sample No. ABTC DO4), coll. S. Donnellan and P. Baverstock. 
CommentDiagnosis. A medium sized (40–44 mm SVL), very longlegged, very shallow-headed, saxicoline Cryptoblepharus, distinguished from Australian congeners by combination of modal values of six supraciliary scales, 26 mid-body scale rows, 48 paravertebral scales, 20 subdigital lamellae under fourth toe, 10 palmar scales, 15 plantar scales and two posttemporal scales; mean values of hindlimb length 46.8% of snout-vent length, head depth 36.0% of head length, paravertebral scale width 4.3% of snout-vent length, dorsolateral scale width 84.1% of paravertebral scale width; reddish, randomly speckled or blotched body pattern and saxicoline habits.

Sympatry: Cryptoblepharus ruber. 
EtymologyFrom the Greek daidalos, meaning dappled, spotted or variegated; in reference to the taxon’s random body pattern of dark spots and flecks. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Horner, P. 2007. Systematics of the snake-eyed skinks, Cryptoblepharus Wiegmann (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) - an Australian based review. The Beagle Supplement 3: 21-198
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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