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Cyclodomorphus praealtus SHEA, 1995

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Alpine She-Oak Skink, Alpine She-Oak Slender Bluetongue 
SynonymCyclodomorphus praealtus SHEA 1995
Cyclodomorphus praealtus — COGGER 2000: 755
Cyclodomorphus praealtus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Cyclodomorphus praealtus — SUMNER et al. 2021 
DistributionAustralia (Australian Alps, Victoria, New South Wales), elevation above 1500 m  
TypesHolotype: NMV D39148 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small Cyclodomorphus (maximum SVL 114 mm), differing from all other species in the combination of prefrontal usually contacting, postnarial groove absent, postmental usually contacting two infralabials on each side, subcaudal scales 48-57, midbody scales 24-26, supraciliaries modally five and adult dorsal colour pattern complex, including dark edges to scales and scattered paler scales. (Shea 1995). 
EtymologyFrom the Latin prae- (very) plus altus (high), referring to the high altitude of the species' distribution. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
  • 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
  • Osborne, W.S. and Green, K. 1995. Cyclodomorphus praealtus (Reptilia, Squamata): a Proposal That Availability of the Specific Name be Taken from the Intended Description by Shea, 1995. Bull. Zool. Nomenclature 52 (3):257-258 - get paper here
  • Shea G M. 1995. A taxonomic revision of the Cyclodomorphus casuarinae complex (Squamata: Scincidae). Rec. Austral. Mus. 47 (1): 83-115. - get paper here
  • SUMNER, JOANNA, MARGARET L. HAINES, PETER LAWRENCE, JENNY LAWRENCE & NICK CLEMANN. 2021. Phylogenetic placement of a recently discovered population of the threatened alpine she-oak skink Cyclodomorphus praealtus (Squamata: Scincidae) in Victoria. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 80: 153–157. - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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