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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesEgernia saxatilis saxatilis COGGER 1960
Egernia saxatilis intermedia COGGER 1960 
Common NamesE: Black Crevice-skink, Black Rock Skink 
SynonymEgernia saxatilis COGGER 1960
Egernia saxatilis — COGGER 1983: 160
Egernia saxatilis — COGGER 2000: 471
Egernia saxatilis — DOUGHTY et al. 2011

Egernia saxatilis intermedia COGGER 1960
Egernia saxatilis intermedia COGGER 1960: 96
Egernia saxatilis intermedia — SHEA 1999: 32
Egernia saxatilis intermedia —WILSON & SWAN 2013: 262 
DistributionAustralia (Highlands and outlying hills and ranges of SE Australia, from W Victoria to N New South Wales)

saxatilis: Warrumbungle Mountains
intermedia: remainder of range.

Type locality: Warrumbungle Mts., N. S. W.  
Reproductionovovivparous. Egernia saxatilis forms long-term pairs to raise its offspring (“monogamy”). E. saxatilis ist the first reptile found to have a “nuclear family” strucuture of a pair and offspring living together for more than one year (O’Connor & Shine 2003).  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R15282
Holotype: AMS (AM) R15273, from Kanangra Walis (3, 400 ft), N. S. W. [intermedia] 
  • Cogger, H. G. 1960. The ecology, morphology, distribution and speciation of a new species and subspecies of the genus Egernia (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Rec. Austral. Mus. 25: 95-105 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Horton, D. R. 1972. Lizard scales and adaptation. Systematic Zoology 21 (4): 441-443 - get paper here
  • Hutchinson, M.N. 1979. The reptiles of Kinglake National Park. Victorian Naturalist 96: 124-134 - get paper here
  • O’Connor, D. & Shine, R. 2003. Lizards in "nuclear families": a novel reptilian social system in Egernia saxatilis (Scincidae). Molecular Ecology 12: 743-752 - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • Wells, R. 1972. On the occurrence of the skink Egernia saxatilis intermedia Cogger in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, N. S. W. with additional notes on its behaviour in captivity. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 5: 2-4
  • While, Geoffrey M.;, David G. Chapple, Michael G. Gardner, Tobias Uller, and Martin J. Whiting 2015. Egernia lizards. Current Biology 25 (14): R593–R595, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.02.070 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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