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Cryptoblepharus fuhni COVACEVICH & INGRAM, 1978

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Black-boulder Shinning-skink 
SynonymCryptoblepharus fuhni COVACEVICH & INGRAM 1978
Cryptoblepharus fuhni — COGGER 1983: 141
Cryptoblepharus fuhni — COGGER 2000: 405
Cryptoblepharus fuhni — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Melville Range, Cape Melville, Cape York, 14° 16’ S, 144°30’ E, Qld.  
TypesHolotype: QM J20566 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large (45–50 mm SVL), very long-legged, very shallow-headed, saxicoline Cryptoblepharus, dis- tinguished from Australian congeners by combination of modal values of five supraciliary scales, 24 mid-body scale rows, 45 paravertebral scales and 21, darkly callused, fourth toe subdigital lamellae; mean values of 41.6 mm snout-vent length, and hindlimb length 52.8% of snout-vent length; rounded, dark pigmented plantar scales; blackish ground colour with contrasting narrow, discontinuous pale dorso- lateral stripes, and saxicoline habits. Cryptoblepharus fuhni differs from all congeners in having longer limbs (mean % of SVL: forelimb 40.7 versus 28.6–38.4; hindlimb 52.8 versus 38.8–47.3).
CommentSympatry: At Melville Range, C. fuhni is micro-sympatric with C. virgatus.

Habitat: Cryptoblepharus fuhni is a saxicoline species, endemic to the bare, ‘black’ granite boulders of the Melville Range. Locally abundant. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Ion Eduard Fuhn (1916-1987), Romanian herpetologist. 
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  • 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
  • Covacevich, J. & Ingram, G. J. 1978. An undescribed species of rock dwelling Cryptoblepharus (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 18: 151-154 - get paper here
  • 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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