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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesCourse Sand Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus piankai STORR 1969: 106
Ctenotus piankai — COGGER 1983: 150
Ctenotus piankai — COGGER 2000: 437
Ctenotus piankai — RABOSKY et al. 2017: 14 
DistributionAustralia (NW and W Western Australia, North Territory, South Australia, and Queensland)

Type locality: 24 mi ENE of Laverton, 28°31’ S, 122°45’ E, W. A. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R30000 
CommentAbundance: common, with more than 900 specimens collected (Pianka 2011)

Subspecies: Ctenotus piankai duricola STORR 1975: 239 has been elevated to full species.

Habitat: sand dunes and plains with spinifex grasses (especially Triodia basedowii), with which they are closely associated (Pianka 1986).

Diet: probably true bugs (Hemiptera) and spiders (Pianka 1986; Goodyear & Pianka 2011). 
EtymologyNamed after Eric R. Pianka (born 1939), American herpetologist at the University of Texas. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 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
  • Goodyear, Stephen E. and Eric R. Pianka 2011. Spatial and Temporal Variation in Diets of Sympatric Lizards (Genus Ctenotus) in the Great Victoria Desert, Western Australia. Journal of Herpetology 45 (3): 265-271. - get paper here
  • Pianka, E. R. 1969. Sympatry of desert lizards (Ctenotus) in Western Australia. Ecology 50: 1012-1030 - get paper here
  • Pianka, E. R. 1986. Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards. Analyses of the Ecological Niche and Community Structure. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey
  • 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
  • Storr G M 1969. The genus Ctenotus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in the Eastern Division of Western Australia. J. Proc. Roy. Soc. West. Australia 51: 97-109
  • Storr G M 1970. The genus Ctenotus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in the Northern Territory. J. Proc. Roy. Soc. West. Australia 52: 97-108
  • Storr G M 1978. Notes on the Ctenotus (Lacertilia, Scincidae) of Queensland. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 6 (3): 319-332 - 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.; 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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