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Lissolepis coventryi (STORR, 1978)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Eastern Mourning Skink, Swamp Skink 
SynonymEgernia coventryi STORR 1978: 175
Egernia coventryi — COGGER 2000: 457
Egernia coventryi — COUPER et al. 2006: 380
Lissolepis coventryi — GARDNER 2008
Lissolepis coventryi — HUMPHREY et al. 2017 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales?, South Australia, Victoria)

Type locality: Shipwreck Creek, approx. 20 km SW of Mallacoota, in 37° 37’ S, 149° 39’ E, Vic.  
TypesHolotype: NMV D18284 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small member of the E. luctuosa group, distinguishable from E. luctuosa by its striped rather than spotted back and long postnarial groove; it is also smaller, with relatively shorter appendages, smaller ear aperture, nasals and prefrontals, and fewer midbody scale rows, subdigitallamellae, supraciliaries and upper labials (Storr 1978: 175). 
EtymologyNamed after Albert John Coventry (b. 1936) who worked for 47 years at Museum Victoria as a herpetologist and is now Emeritus Curator of Herpetology.  
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Clemann, N., D.G. Chapple & J. Wainer 2004. Sexual Dimorphism, Diet, and Reproduction in the Swamp Skink, Egernia coventryi. Journal of Herpetology 38 (3): 461-467. - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • Humphrey, Jacinta E.; Kylie A. Robert and Steve W. J. Leonard 2017. Elliott traps found to be ineffective for the survey of swamp skink (Lissolepis coventryi): a cautionary tale of outdated survey guidelines. Wildlife Research - get paper here
  • Senior, A.F., Clemann, N., Gardner, M.G. et al. 2021. Genetic structure, diversity and distribution of a threatened lizard affected by widespread habitat fragmentation. Conserv Genet (2021) - get paper here
  • Storr G M 1978. The genus Egernia (Lacertilia, Scincidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 6 (2): 147-187 - get paper here
  • 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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