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Ctenotus burbidgei STORR, 1975

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Plain-backed Kimberley Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus mastigura burbidgei STORR 1975: 229
Ctenotus mastigura — COGGER 1983
Minervascincus burbidgei — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Ctenotus mastigura burbidgei — COGGER 2000: 434
Ctenotus burbidgei — COGGER 2000: 751
Ctenotus burbidgei — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: NW Kimberley region)

Type locality: Augustus Is., in 15° 20’ S, 124° 35’ E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R41296 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “A member of the essingtonii group with four supraoculars, callose lamellae, and vertebral stripe faint or absent.” (Storr 1975: 229) 
CommentLimb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyNamed for Andrew Arnold Burbidge (b. 1942), Western Australian conservation biologist. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
  • 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
  • Prates, I., Hutchinson, M. N., Singhal, S., Moritz, C., & Rabosky, D. L. 2023. Notes from the taxonomic disaster zone: Evolutionary drivers of intractable species boundaries in an Australian lizard clade (Scincidae: Ctenotus). Molecular Ecology, 00, 1–25
  • 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
  • Storr, G. M. 1975. The genus Ctenotus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in the Kimberley and North-west Divisions of Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 3: 209-243 - 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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