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Eremiascincus isolepis (BOULENGER, 1887)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesNorthern Bar-lipped Skink, Short-legged Slender Skink 
SynonymLygosoma isolepis BOULENGER 1887: 234
Lygosoma (Hinulia) isolepis foresti KINGHORN 1932: 358
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) isolepis — SMITH 1937: 220
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) isolepis — GLAUERT 1960
Sphenomorphus isolepis — COGGER 1983: 185
Mawsoniascincus foresti — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Mawsoniascincus isolepis — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Glaphyromorphus isolepis — GREER 1990
Glaphyromorphus isolepis — COGGER 2000: 496
Glaphyromorphus isolepis — COUPER et al. 2006: 381
Eremiascincus isolepis — MECKE et al. 2009 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)

Type locality: Nickol Bay and Swan River, W. A. (see note below).  
Reproductionoviparous (Mecke et al. 2016) 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.3.45-46 (Swan River), BMNH 1946.8.17.14 (Nickol Bay), other syntypes unlocated, from Nickol Bay and Swan River, W. A., the latter in error, see Storr (1967). WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985 designated BMNH 1946.8.17.14 as lectotype for L. isolepis.
Holotype: AM R10001, from Forrest (as Forest) River, East Kimberley, W. A. [Lygosoma (Hinulia) isolepis foresti] 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983.

Type species: Lygosoma isolepis BOULENGER 1887: 234 is the type species of the genus Mawsoniascincus WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34.

Habitat: wooded habitats including creek lines and coastal environments

Morphology: digits: 5, toes: 5 (Singhal et al. 2018, Brandley et al 2008) 
Etymology 
References
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • 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
  • D'Amore, Domenic Corvasce; David Meadows, Simon Clulow, Jeremiah Sean Doody, David Rhind, Colin McHenry 2018. Increasing dietary breadth through allometry: bite forces in sympatric Australian skinks Herpetology Notes 11: 179-187 - get paper here
  • Ellis, Ryan J. and J. Sean Doody. 2014. Geographic Distribution: Eremiascincus isolepis (northern bar-lipped skink). Herpetological Review 45 (1): 91-92
  • Escoriza Boj, D. 2005. Australia. Reptiles and Amphibians, Part 2: Desert and tropical savanna. Reptilia (GB) (41): 52-57 - get paper here
  • Glauert, L. 1960. Herpetological miscellanea. XII. The family Scincidae in Western Australia. Pt. 2. The genus Lygosoma. Western Australian Naturalist 7 (4): 81-99
  • Greer A E 1990. The Glaphyromorphus isolepis species group (Lacertilia: Scincidae): diagnosis of the taxon and description of a new species from Timor. Journal of Herpetology 24 (4): 372-377 - get paper here
  • Kinghorn, J. R. 1932. Herpetological notes. 4. Rec. Austral. Mus. 18: 335-363 - get paper here
  • Mecke, S., M. Kieckbusch, T. Graf, L. A. Beck, M. O’Shea & H. Kaiser 2016. First captive breeding of a night skink (Scincidae: Eremiascincus) from Timor-Leste, Lesser Sunda Islands, with remarks on the reproductive biology of the genus. Salamandra 52 (2): 178-188 - get paper here
  • Mecke, S; Dougherty, P. & Donnellan, S.C. 2009. A new species of Eremiascincus (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from the Great Sandy Desert and Pilbara Coast, Western Australia and reassignment of eight species from Glaphyromorphus to Eremiascincus. Zootaxa 2246: 1-20 - get paper here
  • Reeder, T.W. 2003. A phylogeny of the Australian Sphenomorphus group (Scincidae: Squamata) and the phylogenetic placement of the crocodile skinks (Tribolonotus): Bayesian approaches to assessing congruence and obtaining confidence in maximum likelihood inferred relatio Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 27: 384–397 - get paper here
  • Singhal, Sonal; Huateng Huang, Maggie R. Grundler, María R. Marchán-Rivadeneira, Iris Holmes, Pascal O. Title, Stephen C. Donnellan, and Daniel L. Rabosky 2018. Does Population Structure Predict the Rate of Speciation? A Comparative Test across Australia’s Most Diverse Vertebrate Radiation The American Naturalist - get paper here
  • Skinner, Adam; Mark N. Hutchinson, Michael S.Y. Lee 2013. Phylogeny and Divergence Times of Australian Sphenomorphus Group Skinks (Scincidae, Squamata). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69 (3): 906–918 - get paper here
  • Smith,M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
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  • Storr,G.M. 1972. Revisionary notes on the Sphenomorphus isolepis complex (Lacertilia, Scincidae). Zoologische Mededelingen 47: 1-5 - 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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