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Ctenotus ora KAY & KEOGH, 2012

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Coastal 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. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Ctenotus ora is distinguished from sister taxon C. lancelini by its smaller size, generally darker colouration and lack of vertebral stripes (see Ford 1969). It is distinguishable from C. gemmula, C. delli and C. catenifer by a continuous white dorsolateral line, and from C. youngsoni by its smaller size and sharper dorsal pat- terning (Figure 5). C. ora can be distinguished from C. labillardieri by its smooth copper-brown dorsum and absence of white specks above the dorsolateral line.
CommentSimilar species. C. labillardieri.

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (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. - get paper here
  • 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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