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Glaphyromorphus punctulatus (PETERS, 1871)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesFine-spotted Mulch-skink 
SynonymLygosoma (Lygosoma) punctulatum PETERS 1871: 646
Lygosoma heterodactylum GÜNTHER 1876
Sphenomorphus punctulatus — COGGER 1983
Glaphyromorphus punctulatus — COGGER 2000: 498
Glaphyromorphus punctulatus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland and offshore islands including Bailey, Dent, East Shelby, Hayman, Hinchinbrook, Lindeman, Magnetic, Shaw)

Type locality: “Port Bowen (N.O. Australien)” [= Port Clinton, Queensland]  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZMB 7295 
CommentSynonymy after COGGER 1983.

Type Species: Lygosoma (Lygosoma) punctulatum PETERS 1871 is the type species of the genus Glaphyromorphus WELLS & WELLINGTON 1983.

Phylogenetics: see Singhal et al. 2017 and 2018 for a phylogeny of Australian sphenomorphine skinks.

Synonymy: Kaiser et al. 2013 considered the generic name Rhiannodon Wells 2009 invalid and rejected its use instead of Glaphyromorphus.

Morphology: digits: 5, toes: 5 (Limbs reduced). The phalanges in the manus and pes are 2.3.4.4.3 and 2.3.4.5.3, compared to the primitive count for skinks of 2.3.4.5.3 and 2.3.4.5 (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
References
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  • 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
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  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig. 1871. Über einige Arten der herpetologischen Sammlung des Berliner zoologischen Museums. Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1871: 644-652 - 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
  • Wells, R.W. 2009. Some taxonomic and nomenclatural considerations on the class Reptilia in Australia. A review of the genera Eulamprus and Glaphyromorphus (Scincidae), including the description of new genera and species. Australian Biodiversity Record (3):1–96.
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