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Ctenotus catenifer STORR, 1974

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Chain-striped South-west Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus catenifer STORR 1974: 92
Ctenotus catenifer — COGGER 1983: 145
Ctenotus catenifer — COGGER 2000: 419
Ctenotus catenifer — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Cheyne Beach, in 34° 52’ S, 118° 34’ E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R21819 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small member of the tabiltardieri group with legs olive brown longitudinally marked with series of black dots. Further dis tinguishable from labillardieri by its broken white dorsolateral line and from delli and gem mula by its heavily patterned back and lack of white midlateral stripe (Storr 1974: 92).

Description. Snout-vent length (mm): 33-58 (48.7). Length of appendages (% SVL): tail 168-191 (176); foreleg 21-29 (25.3); hindleg 33-44 (38.1). Nasals separated. Prefrontals separated, usu ally widely. Supraoculars 4, first 2 in contact with frontal. Supraciliaries 6-8 (7.2). Palpe brals 8-10 (8.8). Second loreal 1.1-1.4 (1.21) times as wide as high. Upper labials usually 7, occasionally 8. Ear lobules 3-6 (4.2), acute or subacute in adults, obtuse in juveniles, first or second usually largest. Nuchals 3 or 4 (3.5). Midbody scale rows 24-30 (26.7). Lamellae under fourth toe 21-25 (22.7), each with a dark obtuse keel or narrow callus. Dorsal ground colour olive grey flecked with black. An irregular black vertebral stripe oc casionally present. Broad black laterodorsal stripe from brow to tail, ragged edged and bearing a series of pale dots. White dorsolateral line from brow to tail, more or less broken into a series of short dashes. Black upper lateral zone bearing a series of white dots. Dark grey lower lateral zone irregularly flecked with whitish (Storr 1974: 92). 
CommentLimb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
  • 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
  • KAY, GEOFFREY M. & J. SCOTT KEOGH 2012. Molecular phylogeny and morphological revision of the Ctenotus labillardieri (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) species group and a new species of immediate conservation concern in the southwestern Australian biodiversity hotspot. Zootaxa 3390: 1–18 - get paper here
  • 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. 1974. The genus Ctenotus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in the South-west and Eucla Divisions of Western Australia. J R. Soc. West. Aust. 56: 86-93 [1973]
  • Storr, G. M., Smith, L. A. & Johnstone, R. E. 1981. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Perth: University of Western Australia Press and Western Australian Museum, 200 pp.
  • 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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