Lampropholis coggeri INGRAM, 1991
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lampropholis coggeri?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Rainforest Sunskink|
|Synonym||Lampropholis coggeri INGRAM 1991: 448|
Lampropholis coggeri — COGGER 2000: 757
Ndurascincus coggeri — WELLS 2002
Lampropholis coggeri — COUPER et al. 2006: 381
Lampropholis coggeri — SINGHAL et al. 2018
Type locality: Shiptons Flat, Cape York Peninsula, Old (15°48'S 145° 16' E).
|Types||Holotype: QM 127133; parapes: QM|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Lampropholis coggeri is a small, dark-sided rainforest skink with pentadactyl limbs (overlapping when adpressed) and a movable lower eyelid containing a transparent disc. It is reliably distinguished from its sibling species (L. similis sp. nov. and L. elliotensis sp. nov.) by 17 nucleotide differences in the mitochondrial gene NADH dehydrogenase 4 that result in 15 amino acid differences among these species (Table A1).|
Measurements and scale counts of holotype QM J27133: SVL 36.5 mm; AG 19.1 mm; L1 9.07 mm; L2 10.3 mm; HL 6.9 mm; HW 5.1 mm; midbody scale rows 26; paravertebral scales 48; lamellae beneath fourth toe 22; supralabials 7; infralabials 6; supraciliaries 7.
Description: SVL 32–43.6 mm (n = 30, mean = 36.3); AG % SVL 45–60% SVL (n = 30, mean = 52%); L1 24–29% SVL (n = 10, mean = 25%); L2 28–40% SVL (n = 30, mean = 34%); HW 70– 83% HL (n = 31, mean = 77%). Body: Robust. Head and body continuous with almost no narrowing at neck. Snout rounded in profile. Limbs well-developed, pentadactyl, meeting or very narrowly separated when adpressed. Scalation: Dorsal scales smooth (or with three to four faint striations) with a broadly curved posterior edge; nasals widely spaced; rostral and frontonasal in broad contact; prefrontals moderately separated (narrow separation in QM J25271 and J27131); frontal contacting frontonasal, prefrontals, first two supraoculars and frontoparietal; supraoculars four, second largest; supraciliaries seven, first largest; lower eyelid movable with small palpebral disc about half the size of lower eyelid; ear opening round or vertically elliptic, subequal to or smaller than palpebral disc; frontoparietals fused, interparietal free; primary temporal single, secondary temporals two (upper largest and overlapping lower); loreals two, subequal or second largest; preoculars two, subequal or lower largest; presuboculars two, upper largest; supralabials seven, with fifth below eye and last overlapping lower secondary temporal and postsupralabials; postsupralabial divided; infralabials six, two in contact with postmental; midbody scale rows 25–30 (n = 31, mode = 26); paravertebral scales (to the level of the posterior margin of the hindlimbs) 47–54 (n = 31, mode = 50); fourth toe longest, subdigital lamellae 20–24 (n = 30, mode = 22) with a single row of scales on the dorsal surface; outer preanal scales overlap inner preanals; three pairs of enlarged chin shields, first pair in contact, second pair separated by a single scale row, third pair separated by three scale rows.
Comparison with similar species: For separating this species from other members of the ‘L. coggeri’ group (L. similis sp. nov. and L. elliotensis sp. nov.), see species account for L. similis sp. nov.
|Comment||Similar species: Lampropholis delicata|
Habitat and habits: Occurs in rainforest and associated moist habitats, including wet sclerophyll forests; from sea level to the uplands but is absent from the peaks where L. robertsi occurs (>1100 m) (Williams et al. 2010).
|Etymology||Named after Harold Cogger, herpetologist at the Australian Museum.|