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Ctenotus quirinus HORNER, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Arnhem Land Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus quirinus HORNER 2007
Ctenotus quirinus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: Cadell river Crossing, Arnhemland, Northern Territory, Australia, 12°16.77’S, 134°25.45’E.  
TypesHolotype: NTM R16145, adult female, collected by P. Horner, 0930 hours, 13 July 1989. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: a moderately small Ctenotus (SVl to 65 mm) distinguished from congeners by having three of four supraoculars in contact with frontal, two presuboculars, frontoparietals paired, laterally compressed toes with callose or smooth subdigital lamellae, prominent pale midlateral stripe, broad dorsal zone of ground colour, vertebral stripe absent or con ined to nape, dark laterodorsal stripe obscure or absent, 28 midbody scale rows, lateral pattern of longitudinal zones or stripes, dark upper and lower lateral zones strongly spotted or blotched [HORNER 2007] 
CommentHabitat: open shrub habitat.

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
Etymologynamed for Quirinus, an important god of the roman state. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Horner, P. 2007. Ctenotus quirinus sp. nov. (Reptilia: Sauria: Scincidae) – a new species of skink from the Northern Territory, with the recognition of C. brevipes Storr, 1981 and C. essingtonii (Gray, 1842) as distinct species. The Beagle 23: 119-130 - 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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