Menetia amaura STORR, 1978
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Menetia amaura?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Shark Bay Dwarf Skink|
|Synonym||Menetia amaura STORR 1978|
Menetia amaura — COGGER 2000: 542
|Distribution||Australia (West Australia)|
Type locality: False Entrance Well, Carrarang Station, 26° 23’ S, 113° 19’ E, W. A. 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: WAM R54724|
|Comment||One of the smallest skinks known (max. SVL about 25 mm)|
Status unclear. “Recent genetic studies of the genus Menetia have revealed extensive genetic diversity within a M. greyii ‘complex’ [...]. These studies also suggest the enigmatic holotype of Menetia amaura Storr, collected at False Entrance Well, Shark Bay, is very likely an aberrant specimen of a locally abundant and geographically widespread member of the M. greyii ‘complex’. Because the paralectotypes of M. greyii Gray were probably collected in the vicinity of Perth (Aplin et al. submitted), there is a good possibility that amaura is strictly synonymous with true greyii. Further molecular and taxonomic work is underway to resolve these issues.” (Aplin et al. 2001, Aplin et al. cited as submitted; Adams, Donnellan and Aplin unpublished; P. Doughty, pers. comm. 2 Apr 2014)
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