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Lygisaurus tanneri INGRAM & COVACEVICH, 1988

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Endeavour River Litter-skink 
SynonymLygisaurus tanneri INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1988
Lygisaurus tanneri — COGGER 2000: 540
Carlia tanneri — STUART -FOX et al. 2002
Lygisaurus tanneri — DOLMAN & HUGALL 2008 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Morgan River crossing, near Hopevale Community, Qld.  
Reproductionoviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: QM J32352, collected G.J. Ingram, 12.vii.1976. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large (maximum SV 37), robust, species of Lygisaurus sharing several characters with L. laevis, L. rococo, and L. macfarlani. See Table 1, for summary of characters useful in dis tinguishing these four species. L. tanneri is most similar to L. macfarlani from which it is dis tinguished by ear lobules (none, or flat, low lobules in L. tanneri vs 1 — several large blunt lobules in L. macfarlani) and by supralabials (7, occasionally 6; with 5th, occasionally 4th, enter ing eye vs 6, occasionally 7; with 4th, occasionally 5th, entering eye) (Ingram and Covacevich, 1988: 348).

Similar species: L. macfarlani; L. tanneri may also be confused with L. curtus, of New Guinea, but the former lacks the dark nostril to ear line and white stripe from angle of the jaw to ear of L. curtus (Ingram and Covacevich, 1988: 348). 
Etymologynamed after Charles Tanner (1911-1996), Australian herpetologist specializing in snake venom. 
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  • Dolman, Gaynor & Andrew F. Hugall 2008. Combined mitochondrial and nuclear data enhance resolution of a rapid radiation of Australian rainbow skinks (Scincidae: Carlia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49 (3): 782-794 - get paper here
  • Ingram G; Covacevich J 1988. Revision of the genus Lygisaurus de Vis (Scincidae: Reptilia) in Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 25 (2): 335-354 - get paper here
  • Stuart-Fox, Devi M., Andrew F. Hugall, and Craig Moritz 2002. A molecular phylogeny of rainbow skinks (Scincidae: Carlia): taxonomic and biogeographic implications. Australian Journal of Zoology 50: 39–51 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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