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Liburnascincus scirtetis (INGRAM & COVACEVICH, 1980)

IUCN Red List - Liburnascincus scirtetis - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Black Mountain Rainbow-skink 
SynonymCarlia scirtetis INGRAM & COVACEVICH in BAILEY & STEVENS 1980
Carlia scirtetis — COGGER 1983: 140
Carlia scirtetis — INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1989
Carlia scirtetis — COGGER 2000: 399
Carlia scirtetis — COUPER et al. 2006
Liburnascincus scirtetis — DOLMAN & HUGALL 2008 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Black Mt., Black Trevethan Range approximately 20 km S of Cooktown, in 15° 40’ S: 145° 24’ E, NE Qld.  
TypesHolotype: NMV D12092 
CommentDistribution: see map in HOSKIN & COUPER 2015 (Fig. 1).

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyFrom the Greek verb skirtao (to bound or leap), referring to the behaviour of this rock-dwelling skink. (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
  • Dolman, Gaynor & Andrew F. Hugall 2008. Combined mitochondrial and nuclear data enhance resolution of a rapid radiation of Australian rainbow skinks (Scincidae: Carlia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49 (3): 782-794 - get paper here
  • HOSKIN, CONRAD J. & PATRICK J. COUPER 2015. A new skink (Scincidae: Liburnascincus) from rocky habitat on Cape York, northeast Australia. Zootaxa 3994 (2): 222–234 - get paper here
  • Ingram G; Covacevich J 1989. Revision of the genus Carlia (Reptilia, Scincidae) in Australia with comments on Carlia bicarinata of New Guinea. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 27 (2): 443-490 - get paper here
  • Ingram, G. J. & Covacevich, J. 1980. Two new lygosomine skinks endemic to Cape York Peninsula. In: Stevens, N. C. & Bailey, A. (eds.) Contemporary Cape York. Brisbane: Royal Society of Queensland, pp. 45-48.
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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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