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Ctenotus kurnbudj SADLIER, WOMBEY & BRAITHWAITE, 1986

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Kurnbudj Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus kurnbudj SADLIER, WOMBEY & BRAITHWAITE 1986
Ctenotus kurnbudj — COGGER 2000: 430
Ctenotus kurnbudj — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: 16 km W Kapalga on Arnhem Hwy, NT  
TypesHolotype: ANWC R3461, collected J. Wombey, 25.x.1980. Paratypes: AMS (AM). 
CommentHabitat: The skink occurs in woodland and open forest, some of which are inundated in the wet season (Sadlier et al., 1985).

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
Etymology"'Kurnbudj' is the name of the language group of the Aboriginal people who once occupied the area bordered by the upper reaches of the West Alligator River in the north, and lying between the South Alligator and middle reaches of the Wildman River in the south (Toohey 1981). The known distribution of C. kurnbudj occurs within this area" (Sadlier et al., 1986). (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
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  • 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 - get paper here
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  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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