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Ctenotus rosarium COUPER, AMEY & KUTT, 2002

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

Type locality: Fortuna Stn, 50 km N Aramac (22° 43’ 50’’ S, 145° 35’ 39’’ E). Map legend:
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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. 
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. 
  • 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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