Ctenotus astictus HORNER, 1995
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ctenotus astictus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Arnhem Striped Ctenotus|
|Synonym||Ctenotus astictus HORNER 1995|
Ctenotus astictus — COGGER 2000: 751
Ctenotus astictus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (Northern Territory)|
Type locality: 14 kilometres west of Numbulwar on Ngukurr road, 14°14'S 135°36'E, Northern Territory.
|Types||Holotype: NTM R.11252, coli. I. Archibald, 07 June 1983|
PARATYPES - NORTHERN TERRITORY: NTM R.11250- 51, same data as holotype; NTM R.14183, Lake Eames, Vanderlin Island, Sir Edward Pellew Group, 15°41'S 137°02'E; NTM R.16113, R.16134-35, R.16140-44, Cadell River crossing, 12°15'S 134°26'E; NTM R.16177, Liverpool River crossing, 12°22 'S 134°07'E; NTM R.19151, R.19153, Red Point, Marchinbar Island, Wessel Islands, 11°16'S 136°35'E; NTM R.20252, Bumaga Island, Wessel Islands, 11°46'S 136°05'E.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Ctenotus astictus sp. nov. is distinguished from C. arnhemensis and C. stuarti sp. nov. by having a reduced, simple lateral pattern which lacks any form of pale spots or blotches and by having generally fewerear lobules (mean of 2.9 vs means of 4.8 and 4.1 respectively). Additionally, the relative lengths of the limbs and tail are generally greater in C. astictus sp. nov. than in C. amhemensis and C. stuarti sp. nov. Ctenotus astictus sp. nov. is superficially similar to well patterned specimens of C. vertebralis, but may be distinguished by possessing a grey-brown rather than black upper lateral zone, wider second supraocular scale and fewer ear lobules and supralabial scales [HORNER 1995].|
|Comment||Morphology: digits: 5, toes: 5 (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014)|
|Etymology||The species name astictus is derived from the Greek term stiktos which means ‘spotted’.It refers to the unspotted nature of the body pattern in comparison to C. arnhemensis and C. stuarti sp. nov. [HORNER 1995].|