Eremiascincus phantasmus MECKE, DOUGHTY & DONNELLAN, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Eremiascincus phantasmus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Ghost Skink|
G: Südlicher Streifenskink, Gespenstskink
|Synonym||Eremiascincus phantasmus MECKE, DOUGHTY & DONNELLAN 2013|
Sphenomorphus fasciolatus — STORR 1974: 69 (part.)
Eremiascincus fasciolatus — GREER 1979: 325 (part.)
Eremiascincus fasciolatus — COGGER 2000: 477 (part.)
|Distribution||Australia (NE South Australia, S North Territory, SW Queensland, W New South Wales)|
Type locality: 5.5 km SE of Red Lake Yard, E side of Lake Hope Channel, SA (28°15'29''S, 139°12'29'' E. Map legend:
- Type locality.
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Reproduction||oviparous (Mecke et al. 2016)|
|Types||Holotype: SAMA R49358 (field number C97047) (Fig. 13), male; leg. M. Hutchinson.|
Paratypes (22 specimens): SAMA R49896 (F)—43.7 km east of Purni Bore, on the Rig Road, SA, 26°19'17''S, 136°31'53''E; R50047 (unsexed juvenile)—66.8 km E Purni Bore, Big RD, SA, 26°19'17''S, 136°31'53''E; R50888 (F)—29.1 km NNW Murda Hill, Simpson Desert Regional Reserve, SA, 26°42'09''S, 138°15'44''E; R51482 (M)—25.1 km NW Atna Hill, Simpson Desert CP, SA, 26°16'29''S, 137°19'37''E; R51436 (M)—1.1 km SSE Approdinna Attora Knolls, SA, 26°04'50''S, 137°36'43''E; R54137 (M)—37.1 km WNW of Muloorina Homestead, SA, 29°09'45''S, 137°32'01''E; R54255 (unsexed juvenile)—15.3 km WNW Kannakaninna Waterhole, Kalamurina, SA, 27°53'09''S, 137°49'13''E; R55437 (F)—17 km NW Karrathunka Waterhole, SA, 26°06'07''S, 139°08'45''E; R55447 (M)—12.4 km NW Karrathunka Waterhole, SA, 26°08'27''S, 139°09'54''E; R55507 (M)—30.2 km ESE Mulka Hill, SA, 28°26'51''S, 138°52'06''E; AMS R113164 (M)—25 km N of Poeppel Corner, Simpson Desert, NT, 25°46' S, 138°00'E; R155329 (M)—Sturt National Park, 1.8 km W (by road) along Whitecatch Gate Road, NSW, 29°06'51''S, 141°10'54''E; QM J41600 (F), J41602 (F)—Durrie Station, Glennie Well, QLD, 25°55'48''S, 139°55'49''E; J44070 (F)—Simpson Desert, QLD, 25°40'48''S, 138°31'48''E; 48473 (M)— Chookoo, 30 km WSW Jackson, QLD, 27°34'48''S, 141°54'00''E; J75056–57 (M), J75060 (M), J75067 (unsexed juvenile)—2 km W of Birdsville (behind Airstrip), QLD, 24°53'60''S, 139°18'00''E.
|Comment||Diagnosis. A medium to large-sized (snout-vent length up to 92.5 mm), slender narrow-banded Eremiascincus having 8–9 undivided supralabials (usually 8); 2 infralabials usually in broad contact with the postmental scale; 20–30 subdigital lamellae, at least basally in two rows and at least basally keeled; plantar scales 12–18, smooth; 28–33 scale rows at mid-body; head small, snout depressed, and ear opening small and circular; dorsum with keels posteriorly and tail often with strong ridges; coloration pattern usually comprises 29–39 perfectly transverse narrow, often very pale bands on the tail (type a, b); body without bands or with indication of light narrow bands (type a, b) dorsally or more frequently on sides of body, usually pale, without any indication of banding visible.|
|Etymology||The specific name ‘phantasmus’ is Latin for ‘ghost’ and used as a noun in apposition. It is the Latin translation for a vernacular name Worrell proposed in 1963.|
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