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Ctenotus pallasotus RABOSKY & DOUGHTY, 2017

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Western Pilbara Lined Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus pallasotus RABOSKY & DOUGHTY in RABOSKY et al. 2017
Ctenotus pallasotus — SINGHAL et al. 2022 
DistributionAustralia (WA: western Pilbara, North West Cape)

Type locality: 24 km south-east of Paraburdoo, quadrat TCMB03 of the Pilbara Biodiversity Survey, WA, Australia (23°20'23"S, 117°48'04"E)  
TypesHolotype: WAM R170291, female, collected by L. Gibson & B. Johnson on 12 October 2005. Paratypes. WAM R110668, male, North West Cape (22°24'09"S, 115°50'36"E); WAM R119931, male, 3.5 km north-east of Mt Brockman (22°28'S, 117°18'E); WAM R141296, male, Cape Preston area (21°03'57"S, 116°08'57"E); WAM R170219, male, 30 km west of Tom Price, quadrat TCMB05 (22°43'12"S, 117°30'38"E). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium-large (to 65 mm SVL) elongate Ctenotus, nasals in contact, prefrontals in contact or not in contact, 26–30 mid-body scale rows, 21–25 compressed lamellae under toes with narrow callus, usually eight supralabials and supraciliary scales, six (occasionally eight) pale narrow longitudinal stripes on blackish-brown ground color, dorsal stripes not continuing on head to snout, tail not red or blue, an upper lateral row of spots present between the pale dorsolateral and lateral stripes with usually a broken pale lateral line from ear to forelimb with scattered spots on the sides of the neck (except the North West Cape population), dark vertebral stripe not continuing anteriorly to parietals (terminates 2–4 nuchal scales before), parietals with some blotching, pale dorsolateral stripe continues anteriorly to eye, pale paravertebral stripes join on tail at or posterior to level of heel of extended hindlimb, lower labial scales variably stippled. 
CommentHabitat. Found in a range of habitats from sand plains with spinifex, mulga and mallee woodlands on clay and rocky surfaces such as breakaways and the lower slopes of ridges.

Distribution: see map in Singhal et al. 2022: Fig. 2. 
EtymologyNamed after the Greek pallaso meaning a besmattering of spots, and otus meaning ear, in reference to the scattered spots posterior to the ear opening that distinguish this species from C. duricola. Used as a noun in apposition.  
  • RABOSKY, DANIEL L.; PAUL DOUGHTY, HUATENG HUANG 2017. Lizards in pinstripes: morphological and genomic evidence for two new species of scincid lizards within Ctenotus piankai Storr and C. duricola Storr (Reptilia: Scincidae) in the Australian arid zone. Zootaxa 4303 (1): 001–026 - get paper here
  • Singhal, S., Solis, E., & Rabosky, D. L. 2022. World Heritage lizard: population genetics and species status of the range-restricted Hamelin skink, Ctenotus zastictus. Bulletin of the Society of Systematic Biologists, 1(2) - get paper here
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