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Egernia depressa (GÜNTHER, 1875)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Pygmy Spiny-tailed Skink 
SynonymSilubosaurus depressus GÜNTHER 1875: 15
Egernia depressa — GLAUERT 1960: 77
Egernia depressa — COGGER 1983: 156
Egernia depressa — COGGER 2000: 458
Egernia depressa — DOUGHTY et al. 2011 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: S interior of W. A. (as Swan River)  
Typessyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.18.41-42 (formerly 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the E. depressa species-group, with a relatively long, deep and broad head, long limbs, long and thin dorsal spines that lie almost parallel to body and project clearly beyond scale, nasals in broad contact, divided nasal scale, numerous supraciliaries (4–6), head scales not raised and lacking spines on posterior border, ear opening large without lobules projecting over opening, 32–38 MBSR, numerous subdigital lamellae on fourth digits (fingers 12–16, toes 14–16), slightly raised flat scales on palmar and plantar surfaces, tail wide, dorsal surface of tail flat with long recurved spines. Colouration: head brown with black sutures, anterior of body light brown, posterior brownish-grey, irregular dark transverse bands on tail and posterior two-thirds of body, bands often edged with white [from DOUGHTY et al. 2011]. 
EtymologyThe adjective depressa (Latin) refers to the dorsoventrally flattened appearance of this species. 
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