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Ctenotus borealis HORNER & KING, 1985

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesWhite-faced Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus borealis HORNER & KING 1985
Ctenotus borealis — COGGER 2000: 416
Ctenotus borealis — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: Ban Ban Springs N.T. 12'42°S, 131°30'E.  
TypesHolotype: NTM R.3177, collected by D. Metcalfe on 14 February 1977, found in burrow between rocks on hill slooe in tropical savannah woodland. PARATYPES - NORTHERN TERRITORY: NTM R.7884, 11°47'S 130001'E, Cape Fourcroy, Bathurst Island, collected by P. Horner, I. Archibald, 16 October 1979; NTM R.7965, same locality as former but collected on 30 October 1979; NTM R.8019, same locality as former but collected on 1 November 1979; NTM R.2664, 12OZ3'S 132°57'E, Border store, East Alligator River, collected by. Horner and D. Metcalfe, 27 December 1976; NTM R.271O, 12°42'S 130059'E, Berry Springs Reserve, collected by R. Wells, D. Metcalfe, 2 January 1977; NTM R.3186-7, 13"23'S 131°30'E, Ban Ban Springs, collected by D. Metcalfe, 14 February 1977; NTM R.7044, 13°31'S 132°31'E, EI Sharana, collected by S. Swanson, 1 May 1979; NTM R.8825, 13"2'S 131°07'E, llkm S. Adelaide River, collected by G. Husband and G. Armstrong, 10 August 1980; AM R.61324, 12"25'S 1300 53'E Darwin, collected by J. Edwards; AM R.29964-65, 1J012'S 132°08'E, Black Point, Port Essington, collected by D. Lindner; AM R.88990, 12°31'S 132°53'E, Jabiluka, collected by R. Sadlier. The following four paratypes of C. robustus have now been transferred to this species: AM R.3663, 12"27'S 130050'E, Darwin, collected by C. Godfrey; AM R.4981, 12"27'S 130050'E, Darwin, collected by H.W. Christie; AM R.14230, 14°15'S 129°31'E, Port Keats, collected by Australian Museum Party; AM R.14223, 14°15'S 129°31'E, Port Keats, collected by Australian Museum Party. 
CommentMorphology: digits: 5, toes: 5 (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyThe specific name borealis is derived from the Latin 'Borealis' meaning Northern, and refers to the distribution of this species within Australia. 
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  • Horner P; King M 1985. A new species of Ctenotus (Scincidae, Reptilia) from the Northern Territory. The Beagle 2 (1): 143-148
  • Shea, Glenn M; Sadlier, Ross A 1999. A catalogue of the non-fossil amphibian and reptile type specimens in the collection of the Australian Museum: types currently, previously and purportedly present. TECHNICAL REPORTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM 15, 1999: 1-91
  • 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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