Cryptoblepharus mertensi HORNER, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cryptoblepharus mertensi?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Mertens’s snake-eyed skink|
|Synonym||Cryptoblepharus mertensi HORNER 2007|
Cryptoblepharus mertensi — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (Northern Territory)|
Type locality: Roper River, junction with Sherwin Creek, Northern Territory, Australia, 14°39’29”S 134°21’32”E.
|Types||Holotype: NTM R22943, adult female, (Tissue sample No. ABTC BC4), coll. J. Wombey, 27 October 1996.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A small (<40 mm SVL), short-legged, shallow-headed, arboreal Cryptoblepharus, distinguished from Australian congeners by combination of modal values of ﬁve supraciliary scales, 24 mid-body scale rows and 49 paravertebral scales; mean values of 34.0 mm snout-vent length, head depth 43.4% of head length, forelimb length 34.0% of snout-vent length, hemipenis length 6.1% of snout-vent length; pale, acute plantar scales; weakly keeled subdigital lamellae and usually 2+2 posttemporal scales.|
|Comment||Sympatry. Cryptoblepharus mertensi occurs in sympatry with C. ruber and C. metallicus. It is sympatric with C. metallicus at the junction of Sherwin Creek and the Roper River, Nathan River Station and 3 km south of Batten Point. Sympatry with more than one congener occurs by the Roper River at 14°48’00”S 134°56’42”E (C. ruber and C. metallicus).|
|Etymology||Named for the late Professor Robert Mertens, former curator at the Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Cryptoblepharus taxonomy.|
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