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Lampropholis bellendenkerensis SINGHAL, HOSKIN, COUPER, POTTER & MORITZ, 2018

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Bellenden Ker sunskink 
SynonymLampropholis bellendenkerensis SINGHAL, HOSKIN, COUPER, POTTER & MORITZ 2018 
DistributionAustralia (uplands of the Bellenden Ker Range [Mt Bellenden Ker and Mt Bartle Frere] and in the highest areas of the southern Atherton Tablelands [including Mt Baldy, Longman’s Gap, Mt Fisher and the Tully Falls area]). Elevation >900 m.

Type locality: Bellenden Ker Ra (17° 20' S, 145° 52' E).  
TypesHolotype: QM J39855; Paratypes: QM J51406 Mt Lewis SF, 25 km along rd (16° 31' 45" S, 145° 16' 30" E); QM J62209 Bellenden Ker, top of (17° 13' S, 145° 53' E); QM J55837 Massey Ra, 4km W Centre Bellenden Ker (17° 16' S, 145° 49' E); QM J40033, J40036, J40037, J40038, J40039 Mt Bellenden Ker summit, near TV Tower and station (17° 16' S, 145° 51' E); QM J46193 Bellenden Ker NP (17° 16' S, 145° 51' E); QM J39490, J39491 Mt Bellenden Ker summit (17° 20' S, 145° 52' E); QM J40041 Mt Bartle Frere, east face (17° 24' S, 145° 49' E); QM J47956, J47959 Mt Bartle Frere (17° 24' S, 145° 49' E); QM J64652 Longlands Gap (17° 28' S, 145° 29' E); QM J31196 Mt Fisher, via Millaa Millaa (17° 33' S, 145° 33' E); QM J41707, J41708 Mt Fisher, Whiteing Rd, 7 km SW Millaa Millaa (17° 33' S, 145° 33' E). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large Lampropholis with dark flanks and prominent spotting on the posterior ventral surfaces, a row of dark edged pale spots on underside of tail (Fig. A2). This species is reliably distinguished from its closest congener (L. robertsi) by 13 nucleotide differences in the mitochondrial gene NADH dehydrogenase 4 that result in nine amino acid differences between the species (Table A2 in Singhal et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Singhal, Sonal; Conrad J Hoskin, Patrick Couper, Sally Potter, Craig Moritz 2018. A framework for resolving cryptic species: a case study from the lizards of the Australian Wet Tropics. Systematic Biology, syy026 - get paper here
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