Ctenotus ora KAY & KEOGH, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ctenotus ora?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Coastal Plains Ctenotus|
|Synonym||Ctenotus ora KAY & KEOGH 2012|
|Distribution||Australia (SW Western Australia)|
Type locality: Cape Naturaliste at 33°32`21"S, 115°01`13"E.
|Types||Holotype: 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.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. 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.|
|Comment||Similar species. C. labillardieri.|
Morphology: digits: 5, toes: 5 (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014)
|Etymology||ora is Latin for “coast”, “seaside” or “shore” and is in reference to the coastal distribution of the species.|
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