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Ctenotus angusticeps STORR, 1988

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Northwestern Coastal Ctenotus, Little Leopard Ctenotus, Airlie Island Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus angusticeps STORR 1988
Ctenotus angusticeps — COGGER 2000: 413
Ctenotus angusticeps — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Ctenotus angusticeps — MARYAN & GAIKHORST 2022 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Airlie Islands, coastal Kimberley and Pilbara)

Type locality: Airlie Island, Western Australia, in 21°20'S, 115°10'E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R97423 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small, slender, narrow-headed, faintly patterned member of the C. pantherinus group (Storr 1975) with separated prefrontals, callose subdigital lamellae and spiny soles. 
CommentHabitat: The species occurs in coastal samphire flats (Sadlier, 1993), coastal Spinifex, tussock grassland and acacia shrubland (Browne-Cooper and Maryan, 1990).

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “angustus, -a, -um” = narrow and the abbreviated term “-ceps” for “caput” = head. 
  • Browne-Cooper, R.;Maryan, B. 1990. Observations of Ctenotus angusticeps. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 20 (1): 1-2 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • 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
  • Maryan, B. 2013. Status of the Airlie Island Ctenotus, Ctenotus angusticeps (Lacertilia: Scinidae), with notes on distribution, habitat and genetic veriation. Western Australian Naturalist 29(2):103-118 - get paper here
  • Maryan, B., & Gaikhorst, G. 2022. A significant southerly range extension of Ctenotus angusticeps (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Exmouth Gulf. Western Australian Naturalist, 32, 3 - get paper here
  • Sadlier, Ross A. 1993. A range extension for the scincid lizard Ctenotus angusticeps of northwestern Australia. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 23 (1): 7-8
  • Singhal, Sonal; Huateng Huang, Maggie R. Grundler, María R. Marchán-Rivadeneira, Iris Holmes, Pascal O. Title, Stephen C. Donnellan, and Daniel L. Rabosky 2018. Does Population Structure Predict the Rate of Speciation? A Comparative Test across Australia’s Most Diverse Vertebrate Radiation. The American Naturalist - get paper here
  • Storr G M 1988. A new Ctenotus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 14 (1): 139-140 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M.; L. A. Smith, and R. E. Johnstone 1999. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Revised Edition. Western Australian Museum
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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