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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesCyclodomorphus melanops melanops (STIRLING & ZIETZ 1893)
Cyclodomorphus melanops elongatus (WERNER 1910)
Cyclodomorphus melanops siticulosus SHEA & MILLER 1995 
Common NamesSamphire Slender Bluetongue 
SynonymLygosoma melanops STIRLING & ZIETZ 1893: 173
Omolepida melanops — PIANKA 1969
Tiliqua branchialis — COGGER 1983: 189
Cyclodomorphus melanops melanops — SHEA & MILLER 1995
Cyclodomorphus melanops — COGGER 2000: 754
Cyclodomorphus melanops — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 112
Zeusius melanops gillami WELLS 2007
Cyclodomorphus melanops — WILSON & SWAN 2010

Cyclodomorphus melanops elongatus (WERNER 1910)
Lygosoma (Lygosoma) Mülleri PETERS 1878: 191
Lygosoma (Homolepida) branchiale elongatum WERNER 1910: 479
Lygosoma (Homolepida) petersi STERNFELD 1919: 81 (nom. subst.)
Tiliqua melanops — GLAUERT 1960
Tiliqua melanops — WARBURG 1965
Cyclodomorphus melanops elongatus — SHEA & MILLER 1995
Zeusius melanops swani WELLS 2007
Cyclodomorphus melanops elongatus — WILSON & SWAN 2013: 252

Cyclodomorphus melanops siticulosus SHEA & MILLER 1995: 308 
DistributionAustralia (arid interior of all mainland states: Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Terrotory)

melanops: arid NW-Australia (Kimberleys and Pilbara, Western Australia and C Australia.

elongatus: arid S/E-Australia; southern Western Australia through South Australia, S Northern Territory, W New South Wales to W Queensland. Type locality: Boorabbin, "Südwest- Australien" [south W.A.].

siticulosus: southern fringe of the Nullarbor Plain.

Type locality: between the Everard and Barrow Ranges, central Australia  
Reproductionviviparous. 
TypesSyntypes: SAMA R2732, SAMA R8139 (Lygosoma melanops)
Holotype: ZMH R03961 (formerly no. 3500), from Boorabbin, W. A. [elongatus]
Holotype: SAM R26399, collected by K. Casperson in 1984; paratypes: AM, SAM, WAM [siticulosus] 
CommentSynonymy: Lygosoma Mülleri PETERS 1878 is a homonym of Scincus muelleri SCHLEGEL 1837: 13, at least when both were placed in Lygosoma, hence Sternfeld 1919 suggested a replacement name, Lygosoma (Homolepida) petersi.

KAISER et al. 2013 rejected all names coined by HOSER in or after 2000. Lygosoma melanops STIRLING & ZIETZ 1893 has been synonymized with Cyclodomorphus branchialis by COGGER 1983 (the latter as Tiliqua branchialis). 
References
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