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Lampropholis couperi INGRAM, 1991

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Plain-backed Sunskink 
SynonymLampropholis couperi INGRAM 1991: 450
Lampropholis couperi — COGGER 2000: 758
Ndurascincus couperi — WELLS 2002
Lampropholis couperi — COUPER et al. 2006: 381
Allengreerus couperi — HOSER 2009 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Kondalilla NP, SEQ (26°41 'S, 152°52' E)  
TypesHolotype: QM 149575, paratypes: QM 
CommentSynonymy: Costinisauria couperi WELLS 2009 is a synonym of Eulamprus kosciuskoi, not Lampropholis couperi (Glenn Shea, pers. comm. 3 April 2013). 
EtymologyNamed after Patrick J. Couper (b. 1958), a zoologist and geographer who was born in New Zealand and migrated to Australia (1981). He became Curator of Herpetology at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane in 1993. 
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  • 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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