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Ctenotus astarte CZECHURA, 1986

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Stony Downs Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus astarte CZECHURA 1986
Ctenotus astarte — COGGER 2000: 415
Ctenotus astarte — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Cuddapan airstrip, Cuddapan Stn, Queensland  
TypesHolotype: QM J26499 (J Covacevich & C Tanner, 9-23.ix.1976) 
CommentListed in FRANK & RAMUS 1995: 182

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyNamed after the goddess Astarte, who the ancient Syrians regarded as a goddess of fertility, sexuality, and war. Czechura admits, "The name was arbitrarily chosen." 
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  • 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
  • Czechura, G.V. 1986. Skinks of the Ctenotus schevilli species group. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 22: 289-297 - get paper here
  • Henle, Klaus 1996. Herpetological observations in Sturt National Park, northwestern New South Wales, with a comment on Ctenotus uber and C. astarte. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 26 (1): 12-25
  • 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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