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Egernia epsisolus DOUGHTY, KEALLEY & DONNELLAN, 2011

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesEastern Pilbara Spiny-tailed Skink 
SynonymEgernia epsisolus DOUGHTY, KEALLEY & DONNELLAN 2011 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Chichester IBRA subregion of the Pilbara region)

Type locality: Australia: Western Australia, 15 km E Mt Francisco, 21°24’05”S, 118°42’22”E  
TypesHolotype: WAM R132848 (female), Collected by P.C. Withers and G.G. Thompson on 22 June 1998. 
CommentHABITAT: Collection records indicate E. epsisolus most often occur on exfoliating granite outcrops, with a mixture of Triodia species present.

DISTRIBUTION: Replaced in the Chichester Range near the Fortescue River by E. cygnitos. Also a single outlying record from 80 km south of Telfer in the Little Sandy Desert. 
EtymologyETYMOLOGY: epsisolus (Greek) means resembling the yellow dwarf star Epsilon Eridani in the constellation Eridani (10.4 light years from Earth), in reference to the more yellowy colouration of this species relative to the western Pilbara species. Used as a noun in apposition. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Doughty, Paul; Luke Kealley, and Stephen C. Donnellan 2011. Revision of the Pygmy Spiny-tailed Skinks (Egernia depressa species-group) from Western Australia, with descriptions of three new species. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 26: 115–137 - get paper here
  • Zappalorti, R.T. 2012. Into the barrens. HerpNation 2.5 (8): 26-38 - get paper here
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