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Lampropholis coggeri INGRAM, 1991

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Rainforest Sunskink 
SynonymLampropholis 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 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Shiptons Flat, Cape York Peninsula, Old (15°48'S 145° 16' E).  
TypesHolotype: QM 127133; parapes: QM 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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). 
CommentSimilar 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). 
EtymologyNamed after Harold Cogger, herpetologist at the Australian Museum. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bodensteiner, B. L., Agudelo‐Cantero, G. A., Arietta, A. A., Gunderson, A. R., Muñoz, M. M., Refsnider, J. M., & Gangloff, E. J. 2020. Thermal adaptation revisited: How conserved are thermal traits of reptiles and amphibians? Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Conroy, S. 1999. Lizard Assemblage Response to a Forest Ecotone in Northeastern Australia: A Synecological Approach Journal of Herpetology 33 (3): 409-419. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Ingram G J 1991. Five new skinks from Queensland rainforests. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 30 (3): 443-453 - get paper here
  • Muñoz, M. M., Langham, G. M., Brandley, M. C., Rosauer, D. F., Williams, S. E. and Moritz, C. 2016. Basking behavior predicts the evolution of heat tolerance in Australian rainforest lizards. Evolution, 70: 2537–2549.doi:10.1111/evo.13064 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Wells, R.W. 2002. Some taxonomic changes to the genus Lampropholis (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Australia. Australian Biodiversity Record (8): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Williams, S., VanDerWal, J., Isaac, J., Shoo, L.P., Storlie, C., Fox, S., Bolitho, E.E., Moritz, C., Hoskin, C.J. and Williams, Y.M., 2010. Distributions, life history specialisation, and phylogeny of the rainforest vertebrates in the Australian Wet Tropics. Ecology (91): 2493 - 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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