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Ctenotus rosarium COUPER, AMEY & KUTT, 2002

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBeaded Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus rosarium COUPER, AMEY & KUTT 2002 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Fortuna Stn, 50 km N Aramac (22° 43’ 50’’ S, 145° 35’ 39’’ E).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: QM J72577 
CommentCtenotus rosarium sp. nov., from the Desert Uplands Bioregion of central Queensland is readily distinguished from its congeners by a combination of head scalation (presubocular single, contacting only the subocular supralabial), subdigital lamellae (narrowly callose) and colour pattern (dorsum immaculate between a pale-edged, black vertebral stripe and narrow, black, laterodorsal stripe). The new species occurs in spinifex-dominated open woodland and prefers high hummock grass cover on sandy soils.

Morphology: digits: 5, toes: 5 (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin word for “rosary beads”, alluding to the series of pale blotches along the lateral zone which resembles a string of beads. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Couper, P. J.; Amey, A. P.; Kutt, A. S. 2002. A new species of Ctenotus (Scincidae) from central Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 48(1):85-92 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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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