Ctenotus rhabdotus RABOSKY & DOUGHTY, 2017
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ctenotus rhabdotus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Kimberley Lined Ctenotus|
|Synonym||Ctenotus rhabdotus RABOSKY & DOUGHTY in RABOSKY et al. 2017|
|Distribution||Australia (WA: southern Kimberley, N Tanami Desert, Northern Territory: Victoria River region)|
Type locality: Tanami Desert, WA (19°34'47"S, 128°51'53"E)
|Types||Holotype: WAM R157440, female, collected by R.J. Teale et al. (Biota Environmental Sciences) on 3 October 2004.|
Paratypes. WAM R110581, female, location as for holotype; WAM R119711, female, WAM R119717, subadult, Emma Gorge, Cockburn Range, WA (15°50'S, 128°02'E); WAM R157412, male, location as for holotype.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A small-bodied (to 61 mm SVL), elongate Ctenotus, nasals in contact, prefrontals usually separated, 26 or 28 mid-body scale rows, 21–26 compressed rounded lamellae under toes with broad callus, from 7–9 (usually eight) supralabials and supraciliary scales; pattern simple and full including six (occasionally eight) pale narrow longitudinal stripes on a blackish-brown dorsum, dorsal stripes not continuing on head to snout, tail not red or blue, pale lateral stripe only slightly wider than pale paravertebral and dorsolateral stripes, absence of upper lateral row of spots, dark vertebral stripe continues anteriorly to parietals, parietals with pale irregular blotching, pale dorsolateral stripes continue anteriorly to eye, pale paravertebral stripes join on tail at or posterior to level of heel of extended hind limb, lower labial scales variably stippled.|
|Comment||Habitat. Collection notes with specimens indicate occurrence on sandy plains to clay on limestone to rocky outcrops with spinifex cover, and also including eucalyptus (e.g. Eucalpytus collina) and acacia in open tropical woodlands.|
Sympatry: C. piankai (near Wolfe Creek meteor crater and perhaps elsewhere along the margin of the southern Kimberley)
|Etymology||The specific name rhabdotus is derived from the Greek rhabdos for lined, in reference to the long thin pale lines on a dark background color in this species.|
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