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Cryptoblepharus virgatus (GARMAN, 1901)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cream-striped Shinning-skink, Wall Skink 
SynonymAblepharus virgatus GARMAN 1901: 10
Ablepharus boutoni pulcher STERNFELD 1918: 423 (part.)
Ablepharus boutoni virgatus — MERTENS 1931: 112
Cryptoblepharus virgatus — GREER 1974: 21
Cryptoblepharus virgatus — COGGER 1983: 142
Cryptoblepharus virgatus — COGGER 2000: 406
Cryptoblepharus virgatus — HORNER 2007: 124
Cryptoblepharus virgatus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (NE Queensland)

Type locality: Cooktown, Qld.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 6485 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small (<40 mm SVL), short-legged, shallow-headed, arboreal Cryptoblepharus, distinguished from Australian congeners by combination of modal values of five supraciliary scales, 22 mid-body scale rows, 47 paravertebral scales, and eight plantar scales; mean values of hindlimb length 41.0% of snout-vent length, and head depth of 38.2% of head length; plain, rounded, pale plantar scales; smooth subdigital lamellae; continuous, smooth-edged, narrow pale dorsolateral stripes; greyish ground colour, and arboreality. 
CommentSynonymy after HORNER 2007.

Similar species: C. (boutoni) pulcher has been confused with Cryptoblepharus virgatus.

Distribution: former reports (from Indonesia, incl. Babar, Damar and Tanimbar Islands; S Irian Jaya; introductions to Bogor, Java) are in error. 
EtymologyPresumably named after the Latin virgatus (striped) after the colour pattern. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
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  • 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
  • Garman, S. 1901. Some reptiles and batrachians from Australasia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 39: 1-14 - get paper here
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  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Mertens,R. 1931. Ablepharus boutonii (DESJARDIN) und seine geographische Variation. Zool. Jahrb. Syst. 61: 63-210
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