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Ctenotus ora KAY & KEOGH, 2012

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesCoastal Plains Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus ora KAY & KEOGH 2012 
DistributionAustralia (SW Western Australia)

Type locality: Cape Naturaliste at 33°32`21"S, 115°01`13"E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R131983. Collected by M. D. Shapiro on 4th November 1997.
Paratypes. R73591 – Yalgorup National Park, 32°50`00"S, 115°39`00"E; R81601 – Eaton, 33°21`00"S, 115°42`00"E; R119059 – Lake Mealup (15km WSW Pinjarra), 32°40`00"S, 115°43`00"E; R141244 – Yallingup Brook, 33°38`39"S, 115°02`15"E. 
CommentSimilar species. C. labillardieri.

Morphology: digits: 5, toes: 5 (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
Etymologyora is Latin for “coast”, “seaside” or “shore” and is in reference to the coastal distribution of the species. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 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
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