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

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Mt Elliot sunskink 
SynonymLampropholis elliotensis SINGHAL, HOSKIN, COUPER, POTTER & MORITZ 2018 
DistributionAustralia (coastal Queensland)

Type locality: Mt Elliot (19° 28' 55" S, 146° 59' E).  
TypesHolotype: QM J91382; Paratypes: QM J91386, J91116 Mt Elliot (19° 28' 55" S, 146° 59' E); QM J91385 Mt Elliot (19° 28' 58" S, 146° 59' 01" E); QM J52841, J52842, J52843, J52844 Mt Elliot (19° 29' S, 146° 57' E); QM J54810, J54811, J54812, J54813, J54814, J54815, J54816, J54817 Mt Elliot, summit (19° 30' S, 146° 57' E). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Lampropholis elliotensis sp. nov. is a small, dark-sided rainforest skink with pentadactyl limbs (usually separated by several scales rows when adpressed) and a movable lower eyelid containing a transparent disc (Fig. A1). It is reliably distinguished from its sibling species (L. similis sp. nov. and L. coggeri) by 17 nucleotide differences in the mitochondrial gene NADH dehydrogenase subunit 4 that result in 15 amino acid differences among the species (Table A1). 
CommentHabitat: Usually found amongst leaf-litter in rocky situations. This species has not been recorded in lowland rainforest around Mt Elliot, despite considerable survey effort 
EtymologyRefers to Mt Elliot, 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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