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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Mountain Skink 
Egernia whitei tenebrosa — STORR 1968 (part.)
Egernia montana — COUPER et al. 2006: 380
Liopholis montana — GARDNER et al. 2008
Liopholis montana — SENIOR et al. 2021 
DistributionSE Australia (New South Wales, Victoria, Capital Territory: scattered populations in the high country in southeastern and the ACT into eastern Victoria. It the north it occurs only about 1400 m elevation and in the south above 900 m)

Type locality: Mt. Gingera, Brindabella Ranges, ACT, 35° 35’ S, 148° 46’ E.  
TypesHolotype: SAMA R37767 

This species exhibit colour pattern polymorphism (Chapple et al. 2008). 
EtymologyNamed after the mountain area where the species is found (Latin “montanus”, meaning “pertaining to mountains). 
  • Chapple, D. G., Hutchinson, M.N., Maryan, B., Plivelich M., Moore, J.A. and Keogh J.S. 2008. Evolution and maintenance of colour pattern polymorphism in Liopholis (Squamata : Scincidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 56: 103–115 - get paper here
  • 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
  • CHAPPLE, DAVID G.; J. SCOTT KEOGH and MARK N. HUTCHINSON 2005. Substantial genetic substructuring in southeastern and alpine Australia revealed by molecular phylogeography of the Egernia whitii (Lacertilia: Scincidae) species group. Molecular Ecology 14: 1279–1292 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Donnellan,S.C.; Hutchinson M N., Dempsey, P. & Osborne, W.S. 2002. Systematics of the Egernia whitii species group (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in south-eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 50: 439-459 - get paper here
  • FARQUHAR, JULES EDWARD; WYN RUSSELL & NICHOLAS GALE. 2021. A significant range extension for the mountain skink Liopholis montana (Donnellan, Hutchinson, Dempsey & Osborne, 2002) on the Western Uplands of Victoria. Herpetology Notes 14: 877-882 - get paper here
  • Farquhar, Jules Edward; Wyn Russell, Nicholas Gale 2021. A significant range extension for the mountain skink Liopholis montana (Donnellan, Hutchinson, Dempsey & Osborne, 2002) on the Western Uplands of Victoria. Herpetology Notes 14: 877-882 - get paper here
  • Gardner, M. G., Hugall, A. F., Donnellan, S. C., Hutchinson, M. N., and Foster, R. 2008. Molecular systematics of social skinks: phylogeny and taxonomy of the Egernia group (Reptilia: Scincidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 154 (4): 781-794 - get paper here
  • Senior, A. F., Chapple, D. G., Atkins, Z. S., Clemann, N., Gardner, M. G., While, G. M., & Wong, B. B. 2021. Agonistic behavioural asymmetry in two species of montane lizard that exhibit elevational replacement. Landscape Ecology, 1-14
  • Storr, G. M. 1968. Revision of the Egernia whitei species-group (Lacertilia: Scincidae). J. R. Soc. West. Aust. 51: 51-62
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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