Lygisaurus zuma COUPER, 1993
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lygisaurus zuma?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Sun-loving Litter-skink|
|Synonym||Lygisaurus zuma COUPER 1993|
Lygisaurus zuma — COGGER 2000: 763
Carlia zuma — STUART -FOX et al. 2002
Lygisaurus zuma — DOLMAN & HUGALL 2008
|Distribution||Australia (Queensland: Mackay district)|
Type locality: Boulder Ck, via Mt Charlton, MEQ (21°01'S, 148°43'E). Map legend:
- Type locality.
|Types||Holotype: QM J55760 female, collected by P.J. & K.L.D. Couper on 21-23 July 1992.|
|Comment||DIAGNOSIS. A medium sized (maximum SV 34mm) Lygisaurus (Fig. 2). L. zuma sp. nov. has a movable lower eyelid, a character it shares with L. aeratus and L. tanneri. L. zuma sp. nov. is distinguished from L. rococo by midbody scale count (23-24 vs 27-30); from L. tanneri by the number of supraciliaries (usually 6 vs usually 7); from L. aeratus, L. laevis and L. sesbrauna by the nature of the ear lobules (flat and low vs sharp); from L. macfarlani by the size of the palpebral disc (large, occupying more than half of the lower eyelid vs small, occupying less than half of the lower eyelid), a character which further distinguishes it from L. laevis, L.sesbrauna and L. tanneri.|
|Etymology||The name is derived from Montezuma II, the last Aztec emperor, who was a sun-worshipper. The name alludes to the lizard's basking habits. The epithet is to be treated as a noun in apposition.|
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