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Lampropholis mirabilis INGRAM & RAWLINSON, 1981

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Saxicoline Sunskink 
SynonymLampropholis mirabilis INGRAM & RAWLINSON 1981
Lampropholis mirabilis — COGGER 2000: 508
Helioscincus mirabilis — WELLS 2002
Lampropholis mirabilis — COUPER et al. 2006: 381
Lampropholis mirabilis — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Magnetic Is., in 19° 08’ S, 146° 50’ E, NE Qld.  
TypesHolotype: QM J24439 
CommentType species: Lampropholis mirabilis INGRAM & RAWLINSON 1981 is the type species of the genus Helioscincus WELLS 2002. 
EtymologyFrom the Latin mirabilis (wonderful), a case of applying an interesting name to an otherwise small brown skink to increase interest in the species. This was a theme used by Ingram on several occasions. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Covacevich J.A., Couper, P.J., McDonald, K.R. 1998. Reptile diversity at risk in the Brigalow Belt, Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 42 (2): 475-486 - get paper here
  • Ingram G; Rawlinson P 1981. Five new species of skinks (genus Lampropholis) from Queensland and New South Wales. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 20 (2): 311-317 - get paper here
  • Valentic, Robert 1997. A range extension for the skink Lampropholis mirabilis. Monitor: Journal of the Victorian Herpetological Society 8 (3): 154
  • Wells, R.W. 2002. Some taxonomic changes to the genus Lampropholis (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Australia. Australian Biodiversity Record (8): 1-24 - 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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