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Egernia richardi (PETERS, 1869)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Bright Crevice-skink
Dark Spinytail Skink [carinata] 
SynonymTropidolepisma richardi PETERS 1869: 787
Egernia carinata SMITH 1939
Egernia carinata — GLAUERT 1960: 72
Egernia carinata — STORR 1978: 167
Egernia carinata — COGGER 1983: 155
Egernia richardi — COGGER 1983
Egernia carinata — COGGER 2000: 457
Egernia richardi — COGGER 2000: 470
Egernia richardi — DOUGHTY et al. 2011 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: Alligator River, North Australia

carinata: Australia (South Australia, Western Australia); Type locality: Toolbrunup, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 6613
Holotype: FMNH 11729 [carinata] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (carinata). Dorsal scales tri-, quadri- and quinquecarinate, the keels rather weak, but plainly visible; 30 scales around middle of body; frontal broader and somewhat larger than interparietal; tail shorter than body or but little longer, pluricarinate, not spinose; two mid-dorsal rows of scales on basal third or half of tail; no distinct or indistinct dorsolateral light stripe; dorsal spots considerably more than half the width of a scale (Smith 1939).

Description: Glauert 1960: 72 
CommentNot listed as a valid species by CHAPPLE 2003. E. carinata is a synonym of E. richardi fide Mike Gardner, pers. comm., 2009/05/13). 
EtymologyNamed after Moritz Richard Schomburgk (1811-1891), who was working as a gardener at the Palace of Sans Souci (1840) when he had the opportunity to accompany his more famous brother, Sir Robert Schomburgk (1804-1865), on an expedition to British Guiana (Guyana) and Venezuela (1841-1844). 
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Horton,D.R. 1972. Evolution in the genus Egernia (Lacertilia, Scincidae). Journal of Herpetology 6 (2): 101-109 - get paper here
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1869. Über neue Saurier (Chaunolæmus multicarinatus, Tropidolepisma richardi und Gymnodactylus steudneri) und Batrachier (Cyclohamphus fasciatus und Hyla gracilenta). Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1869 (November): 786-790 - get paper here
  • Smith, H. M. 1939. A new Australian lizard, with a note on Hemiergis. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Zool. Ser. 24: 11-14 - get paper here
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