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Glaphyromorphus cracens (GREER, 1985)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Slender Mulch-skink 
SynonymSphenomorphus cracens GREER 1985
Glaphyromorphus cracens — COGGER 2000: 492
Glaphyromorphus cracens — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: 7.5 km E of Mt. Garnet via Kennedy Hwy (or 7.7 km W of Nettle Creek at Innot Hot Springs via Kennedy Hwy), Northeastern Queensland.  
TypesHolotype: QM J42714 (Queensland Museum) (formerly AMS R96235). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: This is the only species of Sphenomorphus (sensu Greer 1979) with the following combination of characters: 20-22 midbody scale rows, prefrontal and anterior supraocular in contact (i.e., anterior supraciliary and frontal separated by these two scales), two presuboculars, two infralabials in contact with postmental on each side and 66-89 paravertebral scales (Greer 1985). 
CommentMost similar to the partially sympatric G. pumilus.

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyThe species name cracens is Latin for "graceful," "slender." 
  • 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
  • Greer A E 1985. A new species of Sphenomorphus from northeastern Queensland. Journal of Herpetology 19 (4): 469-473 - 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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