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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesCtenotus decaneurus decaneurus STORR 1970
Ctenotus decaneurus yampiensis STORR 1975 
Common NamesTen-lined Ctenotus
yampiensis: Yampi Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus decaneurus STORR 1970: 104
Ctenotus decaneurus — COGGER 1983: 145
Ctenotus decaneurus — COGGER 2000: 420
Ctenotus decaneurus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Ctenotus decaneurus decaneurus — WILSON & SWAN 2013

Ctenotus decaneurus yampiensis STORR 1975
Ctenotus yampiensis — STORR et al. 1999
Ctenotus decaneurus yampiensis — COGGER 2000: 421
Ctenotus decaneurus yampiensis — WILSON & SWAN 2013 
DistributionAustralia (North Territory, N Western Australia, W Queensland ?)

decaneurus: N Kimberleys, West Australia and North Territory.

yampiensis: Yampi Sound, W Kimberleys, West Australia.

Type locality: 21 mi WNW of Newry, in 15° 59’ S, 129° 00’ E, N. T. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: WAM R23130
Holotype: WAM R11795, from Wotjulum Mission Station, in 16° 1 I’ S, 123° 37’ E, W. A.; Noetype: WAM R11741 [yampiensis] 
CommentThe ICZN has designated a neotype for the Western Australian skink species Ctenotus yampiensis Storr, 1975 (family scincidae). Storr inadvertently designated a specimen of C. militaris Storr, 1975 as the holotype of C. decaneurus yampiensis, thus making the subspecific name a synonym of C. militaris.

The only character which reliably distinguished C. yampiensis from C. decaneurus was a higher midbody scale row count (range 29–32 vs 24–28).

Diagnosis. A moderately small member (SVL to 54.5 mm) of the C. atlas species-group, distinguished from congeners by having three of four supraoculars in contact with frontal, frontoparietals paired, prefrontals usually separated, eight supralabials, laterally compressed toes with callose subdigital lamellae, prominent pale mid-lateral stripe, black ground colour with usually ten pale stripes on body, dark vertebral stripe, unpatterned dark upper lateral zone, pale paravertebral stripes not fused posteriorly. 
  • Anonymous 2004. Ctenotus decaneurus yampiensis Storr, 1975 (currently C. yampiensis; Reptilia, Sauria): neotype designated. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 61 (3): OPINION 2090 (Case 3196) - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Horner, P. 2009. Three new species of Ctenotus (Reptilia: Sauria: Scincidae) from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, with comments on the status of Ctenotus decaneurus yampiensis. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 25 (2): 181-199 - get paper here
  • Rankin P R 1978. A new species of lizard (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from the Northern Territory, closely allied to Ctenotus decaneurus Storr. Rec. Austral. Mus. 31 (10): 395-409 - get paper here
  • Storr G M 1970. The genus Ctenotus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in the Northern Territory. J. Proc. Roy. Soc. West. Australia 52: 97-108
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Wilson,S. & Swan, G. 2013. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 4th ed. New Holland Publishers, 592 pp.
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