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Egernia formosa FRY, 1914

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Goldfields Crevice-skink 
SynonymEgernia formosa FRY 1914: 184
Egernia formosa — GLAUERT 1960: 74
Egernia formosa — STORR 1978: 170
Egernia formosa — COGGER 1983: 156
Egernia formosa — COGGER 2000: 460
Egernia formosa — DOUGHTY et al. 2011 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Perth, ("in error, probably for Boulder, W. A." fide Storr (1978).  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R3058 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the E. striolata group with smooth dorsals and unenlarged supracaudals. Further distinguishable from E. carinata by absence of black pigment and presence of broad pale laterodorsal stripe. Distinguishable from E. douglasi by spotted back, lesser size and more numerous upper labials, midbody scale rows and subdigital lamellae (Storr 1978: 170). 
EtymologyPresumably named after the Latin formosus (beautiful), in reference to the coloration. (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
  • 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
  • Fry, D. B. 1914. On a collection of reptiles and batrachians from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austral. Mus. 1:174-210 - get paper here
  • Glauert, L. 1960. Herpetological miscellanea. XII. The family Scincidae in Western Australia. Pt. 1. The genera Tiliqua, Trachysaurus and Egernia. Western Australian Naturalist 7 (3): 67-77 - get paper here
  • Storr G M 1978. The genus Egernia (Lacertilia, Scincidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 6 (2): 147-187 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M.; L. A. Smith, and R. E. Johnstone 1999. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Revised Edition. Western Australian Museum
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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