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Ctenotus militaris STORR, 1975

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Soldier Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus militaris STORR 1975: 231
Ctenotus militaris — COGGER 1983: 149
Ctenotus militaris — COGGER 2000: 434
Ctenotus militaris — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory,Western Australia)

Type locality: Lake Argyle, in 16° 25’ S, 128'40’ E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R40779 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “A moderately small member of the leonhardii group with 5 dark dorsal stripes and no white midlateral stripe; nasals in contact; prefrontals usually separated.” (Storr 1975: 231)

Description: “Snout-vent length (mm): 39-65 (50.8). Length of appendages (% SVL): foreleg 23-31 (26.7); hindleg 42-59 (50.4), tail 192-246 (217).
Nasals forming a median suture. Prefrontals separated (in very short contact in one specimen). Supraoculars normally 4 with 3 contacting frontal (5 with 4 in one specimen). Supraciliaries 6-8 (7.1). Second loreal 1.0-1.6 (1.23) times as wide as high. Upper labials 8 (7 in one specimen, 9 in another). Ear lobules 3-7 (5.1), SUbacute, obtuse or truncate. Nuchals 2-5 (3.6). Midbody scale rows 30-40 (only one specimen with more than 35; mean 32.4). Lamellae under fourth toe 20-25 (22.4), compressed, each with a brown obtuse keel.
Dorsally pale brown, darker and greyer on head. Narrow blackish or dark brown vertebral stripe from nape to base of tail. On each side two blackish or dark brown dorsal lines, the outer (laterodorsal) margined below by white or pale brown dor~olateral1ine.Upper lateral zone reddish brown with 1-3 series of whitish dots or short dashes. Lower lateral zone pale greyish brown. Limbs pale brown longitudinally striped with dark brown.” (Storr 1975: 231) 
CommentLimb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
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  • 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
  • King M; Horner P; Fyfe G 1988. A new species of Ctenotus (Reptilia: Scincidae) from central Australia, and a key to the Ctenotus leonhardii species group. The Beagle 5 (1) : 147-153
  • 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
  • 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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