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Liopholis whitii (LACÉPÈDE, 1804)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: White's Rock-skink, White's Skink
G: Whit’s Stachelskink 
SynonymScineus [sic] whitii LACÉPÈDE 1804: 209
Scincus compressicauda QUOY & GAIMARD 1824: 180
Tiliqua leucopsis GRAY 1838: 291
Lygosoma moniligera DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 736 (fide STORR 1968)
Scincus ocellatus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 73 (nomen nudum)
Scincus leuwinensis DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 736 (nomen nudum)
Liopholis moniligera — FITZINGER 1843: 22
Hinulia whitii — GRAY 1845: 230
Egernia whitii — BOULENGER 1887: 135
Egernia whitei tenebrosa CONDON 1941
Egernia whitii — GLAUERT 1960: 76
Egernia whitii — HORTON 1972
Egernia whitii — COGGER 1983: 161
Liopholis coplandi — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 32
Egernia whitii — COGGER 2000: 473
Liopholis whitii — GARDNER et al. 2008
Liopholis whitii — WILSON & SWAN 2013: 332 
DistributionAustralia (E New South Wales to extreme SE Queensland, Eyre peninsula in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, islands of Bass Strait)

moniligera: coastal and adjacent areas north of Nowra, New South Wales.

Type locality: Kangaroo Is., S. A. (as Australia)
Type locality: Port Jackson, N. S. W. [Scincus compressicauda]  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 2988 and MNHN-RA 2988A (two specimens). A lectotype designation by Wells & Wellington (1985) of the larger of the two specimens is invalid, as it is not clear what they meant by "larger". Brygoo (1985) notes that 2988, with the smaller SVL, has a longer total length than 2988A, which has a broken tail. See also DONNELLAN et al. 2002) and Guibé (1954) who was not able to locate the holotype.
Holotype: (probably), BMNH xv.17a, from Kangaroo Is., S. A. (original description cites Australia). [Tiliqua leucopsis]
Syntypes: MNHP 2988 (2 specimens, Kangaroo Island), MNHP 2989 (Australia), MNHP 2992 (2 specimens, Australia), ?MNHP 2990 (Australia), ?MNHP 7123 (2 specimens, Hobart, Tas.), ?MCZ 2133 (Australia), from Australia and Kangaroo Is., S. A. (original description cites only Australia). Guibé (1954) cites only the first five specimens as types. [Lygosoma moniligera]
Holotype: SAMA R2161, from Flindera Chase, Kangaroo Is., S. A. [Egernia whitei tenebrosa] 
DiagnosisDefinition (genus Liopholis): The clade comprising Liopholis whitii (Lacépède, 1804), and all organisms or species that share a more recent common ancestor with Liopholis whitii than with Tiliqua scincoides, Egernia cunninghami, Lissolepis luctuosa or Bellatorias major (Gardner et al. 2008: 791).

Description (genus Liopholis): A genus of Egernia Group skinks, relatively small to medium-sized lizards (adult SVL 75–200 mm); head and body squarish in cross-section; midbody scales in 34–52 rows, the dorsals smooth (keeled in L. pulchra); nasal scale without postnarial groove; subocular scale row incomplete; eyes rela- tively large, the eyelids usually with distinct cream margins, easily differentiated from adjacent scales (Gardner et al. 2008: 791).

Description (species): Glauert 1960: 76 
CommentSynonymy after COGGER 1983 and DONNELLAN et al. 2002. Egernia whitii tenebrosa is not listed as a valid subspecies by COGGER 2000.

Habitat: Rock-dwelling.

Type Species: Lygosoma moniligera DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839 is the type species of the genus Liopholis FITZINGER 1843.

This species exhibit colour pattern polymorphism (Chapple et al. 2008). 
EtymologyNamed after John White (ca. 1756-1832), who served in the Royal Navy (1781-1820), visiting India and the West Indies before 1788. 
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