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

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLampropholis similis SINGHAL, HOSKIN, COUPER, POTTER & MORITZ 2018 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland, near Townsville)

Type locality: The Pinnacles, SW of Townsville (19° 23' 42" S, 146° 39' 07" E).  
TypesHolotype: QM J91380; Paratypes: QM J49741 Gadgarra SF (17° 16' S, 145° 41' E); QM J49593 Bellenden Ker NP, TV station (17° 16' S,145° 51' E); QM J47096, J49619, J66621 Lake Eacham (17° 17' S, 145° 37' E); QM J39865 Bellenden Ker Ra, Cableway Base Station (17° 20' S, 145° 52' E); QM J45916, J45918 Russell R, cave site (17° 22' S, 145° 53' E); QM J49576, J49613 Mt Hypipamee NP (17° 25' 54" S, 145° 29' 08" E); QM J48692 Longlands Gap, Herberton Range (17° 27' 45" S, 145° 28' 30" E); QM J62904 Stone Ck, Hasenpusch Property (17° 28' S, 146° 01' E); QM J73520 Millaa Millaa Lookout (17° 31' S, 145° 37' E); QM J61054 E margin of Palmerston NP (17° 37' S, 145° 46' E), QM J31134, J31135 Majors Mt, via Ravenshoe (17° 38' 20" S, 145° 31' 15" E); QM J62704 Dunk Is (17° 57' S, 146° 09' E); QM J74017 Kirrama (18° 10' S, 145° 38' E), QM J44199, J44173 Hinchinbrook Is, Gayundah Ck (18° 22' S, 146° 13' E); QM J49610 Curacoa Is, Palm group (18° 40' S, 146° 33' E); QM J76307 Palm Is (18° 45' S, 146° 36' E); QM J53044 Mt Halifax, 250 m SE (19° 06' S, 146° 22' E); QM J46777 Bluewater Ra, N of Townsville (19° 11' S, 146° 33' E); QM J86759 Hervey Range (19° 21' 49.98" S, 146° 28' 42.36" E); QM J91377, J91378, The Pinnacles, SW of Townsville (19° 23' 37" S, 146° 39' 07" E); QM J27621 Hervey Ra, 10km S, 35km W Townsville (19° 35' S, 146° 36' E). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Lampropholis similis sp. nov. is a small, dark-sided rainforest skink with pentadactyl limbs (overlapping or very narrowly separated when adpressed) and a movable lower eyelid containing a transparent disc. It is reliably distinguished from its sibling species (L. coggeri and L. elliotensis sp. nov.) by 17 nucleotide differences in the mitochondrial gene NADH dehydrogenase subunit 4 that result in 15 amino acid differences (Table A1). 
CommentHabitat: Occurs in rainforest and associated moist habitats, including wet sclerophyll forests, montane heath, and gallery forests; occurs from sea level to the uplands but is generally absent from the peaks where L. bellendenkerensis occurs. 
EtymologyFrom the Latin for similar, alluding to its likeness with L. coggeri. 
  • Anderson, R. O., Tingley, R., Hoskin, C. J., White, C. R., & Chapple, D. G. 2023. Linking physiology and climate to infer species distributions in Australian skinks. Journal of Animal Ecology - 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
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