Lygisaurus parrhasius (COUPER, COVACEVICH & LETHBRIDGE, 1994)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lygisaurus parrhasius?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Fire-tailed Rainbow-skink|
|Synonym||Carlia parrhasius COUPER, COVACEVICH & LETHBRIDGE 1994|
Carlia parrhasius — COGGER 2000: 749
Lygisaurus parrhasius — DOLMAN & HUGALL 2008
Type locality: Azure Creek, at 140+/-20m, Glennie Tableland, Cape York Peninsula, 12° 21.96' S, 142° 56.71 'E, ~250m elevation. Map legend:
- Type locality.
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: QM J57868, FNEQ, P.J. Lethbridge & J.W. Winter, 25 Apr 1993.|
PARATYPES: QMJ57867, QMJ57869, 24 Apr 1993. Other collection details as for holotype.
|Comment||Not listed by COGGER 198. Not listed in FRANK & RAMUS 1995: 180.|
DIAGNOSIS: Body black and white striped with fire-red tail is a unique colour pattern in Carlia. Dorsal scales with weak carinations made up of a series of points, and long, acute ear lobules are shared with 2 (of ) species restricted to rock habitats (c. rimula, C. scirtetis) which also have distinct colour patterns (Ingram & Covacevich, 1989), but bear no resemblance to C. parrhasius.
|Etymology||For the Greek artist, Parrhasius, a master of deception through his work.|
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