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Cryptoblepharus juno HORNER, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesJuno’s snake-eyed skink 
SynonymCryptoblepharus juno HORNER 2007
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — STORR 1976
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — STORR et al. 1981: 23
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — GOW 1981b
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — COGGER et al.. 1983: 141
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — Wilson and Knowles 1988: 119
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — HORNER 1991: 17;
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — EHMANN 1992: 182;
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — GAMBOLD 1992: 99
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — STANGER et al. 1998: 23
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — STORR et al. 1999: 23
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — COGGER 2000: 405
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — WILSON & SWAN 2003: 148
Cryptoblepharus juno — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: Lobby Creek, Bradshaw Station, Northern Territory, Australia, 15°19’48”S 130°06’15”E. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: NTM R24789, adult female, (Tissue sample No. ABTC DS2). coll. P. Horner, T. Hertog and L. Corbett, 5 September 1999. Rocky slope, on base of tree trunk surrounded by boulders. 
CommentDiagnosis (37 specimens). A medium sized (40–44 mm SVL), very long-legged, very shallow-headed, saxicoline Cryptoblepharus, distinguished from Australian congeners by combination of modal values of six supraciliary scales, 26 mid-body scale rows, 49 paravertebral scales, 19 subdigital lamellae under fourth toe, nine palmar scales, 12 plantar scales and three posttemporal scales; mean values of hindlimb length 46.5% of snout-vent length, head depth 33.9% of head length, paravertebral scale 4.3% of snoutvent length, dorsolateral scale 84.3% of paravertebral scale width; reddish, randomly speckled or blotched body pattern and saxicoline habits.

Sympatry. Sympatric with C. ruber at Lake Argyle (Dead Horse Spring) WA and Bradshaw Station (Koolendong Valley) NT. With C. metallicus at Wyndham WA and Bradshaw Station (Lobby Creek) NT, where C. exochus also occurs on nearby Mosquito Flat. 
EtymologyNamed for Juno who, in Roman religion and mythology, was principal goddess of the Pantheon and the patroness primarily of marriage and the well-being of women. 
  • 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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