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Egernia roomi (WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1985)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymContundo roomi WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 26
Egernia roomi — SADLIER et al. 2019 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales: Kaputar National Park)

Type locality: top of Mt Kaputar, NSW  
TypesHolotype: AMS R69587 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the Contundo saxatilis complex, confined to the Mt Kaputah region, New South Wales and readily separated from all other members of this complex by its possession of an enlarged pa.ravertebral series. (Wells & Wellington 1985). 
CommentThe original “diagnosis” (no description) mentioned only the possession of enlarged paravertebral scales, a feature present in all members of the genus, hence Shea & Sadlier 1999 questioned the validity of the original description. 
EtymologyNamed for Peter Room, collector of the holotype and donor of many specimens to the Australian Museum. 
  • Sadlier, Ross A., Greta J. Frankham, Cecilie A. Beatson, Mark D. B. Eldridge, and Jodi J. L. Rowley. 2019. Genetic evidence in support of the recognition of the Kaputar Rock Skink, one of New South Wales’ most range-restricted vertebrate species. Records of the Australian Museum 71(5): 183–197 - get paper here
  • Shea, Glenn M; Sadlier, Ross A 1999. A catalogue of the non-fossil amphibian and reptile type specimens in the collection of the Australian Museum: types currently, previously and purportedly present. TECHNICAL REPORTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM 15, 1999: 1-91 - get paper here
  • Wells, R. W. and Wellington, C. R. 1985. A classification of the Amphibia and Reptilia of Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology, Supplementary Series (1): 1-61 [sometimes cited as 1983] - get paper here
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