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Ctenotus rimacolus HORNER & FISHER, 1998

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesCtenotus rimacolus camptris HORNER & FISHER 1998
Ctenotus rimacolus rimacolus HORNER & FISHER 1998 
Common NamesE: Crack-dwelling Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus rimacola HORNER & FISHER 1998
Ctenotus rimacolus — COGGER 2000: 752
Ctenotus rimacola — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 212

Ctenotus rimacolus camptris HORNER & FISHER 1998
Ctenotus rimacolus camptris — WILSON & SWAN 2013: 234 
DistributionAustralia (Ord-Victoria region of northwestern Australia)

rimacolus: Victoria River district; Type locality: Lindermans Bore, Limbunya Station, 17°33'S, 130 05'E, Northern Territory, Australia.

camptris: Ord and Keep Rivers; Type locality: 4 km south-west of Point Spring Yard, 15°25'S, 128°51'E, Western Australia, Australia.  
TypesHolotype: NTM R.22905, adult male; paratypes: NTM
Holotype: WAM R.126064, adult male [camptris] 
CommentLimb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyThe epithet rimacola is a combination of the Latin rima (cleft or fissure) and cola (dwelling in) and refers to the distinctive, deeply cracking clay soils which this species inhabits.

Camptris is derived from the Latin campus (field or plain) and -tris (where or place for) and also refers to the black-soil plains which this subspecies inhabits.
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Horner, P. & A. FISHER 1998. Ctenotus rimacola sp. nov. (Scincidae), a new species of lizard with two allopatric subspecies, from the Ord-Victoria region of northwestern Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 19 (2): 187-200. - get paper here
  • Prates, I., Hutchinson, M. N., Singhal, S., Moritz, C., & Rabosky, D. L. 2023. Notes from the taxonomic disaster zone: Evolutionary drivers of intractable species boundaries in an Australian lizard clade (Scincidae: Ctenotus). Molecular Ecology, 00, 1–25
  • 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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