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Hemiergis millewae COVENTRY, 1976

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Triodia Earless Skink 
SynonymHemiergis millewae COVENTRY 1976
Hemiergis millewae — COGGER 1983: 165
Arenicolascincus millewae — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 23
Arenicolascincus lami WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 24 (nom. nud.)
Hemiergis millewe [sic] — FRANK & RAMUS 1995: 187
Hemiergis millewae — COGGER 2000: 502
Hemiergis millewae — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia)

Type locality: Millewa South bore, in 34° 56'28"S, 141'4’ E, Vic.  
TypesHolotype: NMV D47410 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (Arenicolascincus): “A genus of small semi-fossorial Scincid lizards closely allied to Hemiergis and readily distinguished by the following combination of characters: Limbs pentadactyl; ear depression deep; nasals separated; prefrontals only narrowly separated; nuchals usually 2; supraciliaries 6-7; supralabials 7 (the 5th sub-ocular); sub-digital lamellae under 4th toe 13-16.” (Wells and Wellington 1985: 23) 
CommentType species: Hemiergis millewae COVENTRY 1976 is the type species of the genus Arenicolascincus WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985.

The description and diagnosis of A. lami only refers to “Storr et al. (1981:124, Plate 2.8)” without further details.

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Reeder and Reichert 2011) 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • 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
  • Coventry, A. J. 1976. A new species of Hemiergis (Scincidae: Lygosominae) from Victoria. Mem. Natl. Mus. Vict. 37: 23-26 - get paper here
  • Jules E. Farquhar 2019. Range extension of the Triodia Earless Skink Hemiergis millewae, and first record in New South Wales. Australian Zoologist In-Press - get paper here
  • Nimmo, Dale, Spence-Bailey, Lisa M. and Kenny, Sally 2008. Range extension of the Millewa Skink Hemiergis millewae in the Murray-Sunset National Park, Victoria. Victorian Naturalist 125 (4): 110-113 - 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
  • Storr, G. M., Smith, L. A. & Johnstone, R. E. 1981. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Perth: University of Western Australia Press and Western Australian Museum, 200 pp.
  • Storr, G. M.; L. A. Smith, and R. E. Johnstone 1999. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Revised Edition. Western Australian Museum
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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