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Liopholis kintorei (STIRLING & ZIETZ, 1893)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Great Desert-skink, Kintore’s Egernia 
SynonymEgernia kintorei STIRLING & ZIETZ 1893: 171
Egernia dahlii BOULENGER 1896: 233
Egernia dahlii — WERNER 1910: 42
Egernia kintorei — GLAUERT 1960: 75
Egernia kintorei — STORR 1978: 184
Egernia kintorei — COGGER 1983: 157
Flamoscincus kintorei — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Egernia kintorei — COGGER 2000: 465
Egernia kintorei — COUPER et al. 2006: 380
Liopholis kintorei — GARDNER et al. 2008 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: south of Barrow Range, Victoria Desert, W. A., designated by Mitchell (1950).  
TypesLectotype: SAMA R2925
Syntypes: BMNH 1946.8.21.95, ZMUO K2007, from Roebuck Bay, W. A. [dahlii] 
CommentSynonymy after COGGER 1983.

Habitat: Obligate burrowing.

Type species: Egernia kintorei is the type species of the genus Flamoscincus WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984. 
EtymologyNamed after Algernon Hawkins Thomond Keith-Falconer, Ninth Earl of Kintore (1852-1930), a British politician and Governor of South Australia (1889-1895). 
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  • CHAPPLE, DAVID G. and J. SCOTT KEOGH 2004. Parallel adaptive radiations in arid and temperate Australia: molecular phylogeography and systematics of the Egernia whitii (Lacertilia: Scincidae) species group. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 83: 157–173 - get paper here
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  • Dennison S, McAlpin S, Chapple DG, Stow AJ 2015. Genetic Divergence among Regions Containing the Vulnerable Great Desert Skink (Liopholis kintorei) in the Australian Arid Zone. PLoS One 10 (6): e0128874. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128874 - get paper here
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