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Lampropholis robertsi INGRAM, 1991

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Grey-bellied Sunskink 
SynonymLampropholis robertsi INGRAM 1991: 443
Lampropholis robertsi — COGGER 2000: 759
Ndurascincus robertsi — WELLS 2002
Lampropholis robertsi — COUPER et al. 2006: 381
Lampropholis robertsi — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Lampropholis robertsi — SINGHAL et al. 2018 
DistributionAustralia (NE Queensland, restricted to Thornton Peak and the uplands of the Carbine Tableland, e.g., Mt Lewis, Mt Spurgeon)

Type locality: Thornton Pk, via Daintree, NEQ (16°10'S, 145°23'E).  
TypesHolotype: QM J43911 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large Lampropholis with dark flanks and prominent spotting on the posterior ventral surfaces, a row of dark edged pale spots on underside of tail. This species is reliably distinguished from its closest congener (L. bellendenkerensis sp. nov. ) by 14 nucleotide differences in the mitochondrial gene NADH dehydrogenase 4 that result in nine amino acid differences between the species (Table A2 in Singhal et al. 2018). 
CommentHabitat: Occurs in upland rainforest and heath (all records come from above approximately 900 m elevation). Most often seen in warmer, sunlit areas such as in canopy gaps or rocky areas. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. J. Austin Roberts (1883-1948), a South African zoologist who in his day was the most prominent ornithologist in southern Africa. 
  • Bell, Rayna C., Parra, Juan L., Tonione, Maria, Hoskin, Conrad J., Mackenzie, Jason B., Williams, Stephen E. and Moritz, Craig 2010. Patterns of persistence and isolation indicate resilience to climate change in montane rainforest lizards. Molecular ecology, 19(12): 2531-2544. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04676.x - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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.
  • 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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