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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Robust Ctenotus, Striped Skink 
SynonymCtenotus robustus STORR 1970: 100
Ctenotus robustus — COGGER 1983: 151
Minervascincus josephinae WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Minervascincus harringtonensis WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Minervascincus robustus — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 35
Minervascincus josephinae — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 35
Ctenotus harringtonensis — SHEA & SADLIER 1999: 62 (see comment)
Ctenotus robustus — COGGER 2000: 439
Ctenotus harringtonensis — COUPER et al. 2006
Ctenotus robustus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia)

Type locality: Barrow Creek, in 21° 31’ S, 133° 53’E, N. T. Rabosky et la. 2014 suspected that this locality may be in error.  
TypesHolotype: NMV D4957 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “A very large member of the lesueurii group, usually with a very wide black vertebral stripe and 7 upper labials. Further distinguishable from C. inornatus by more numerous nuchals (usually 3 or 4 rather than 2 or 3) and third supraciliary usually not much smaller than second.” (Storr 1975: 217) 
CommentSynonymy: after Glenn Shea, pers. comm. 4 Sep 2014. The status of Minervascincus harringtonensis is unclear. It may be a valid species but is possibly a synonym of Ctenotus robustus.

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyFrom the Latin robustus (strong like an oak), referring to the robust body form. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
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