Menetia greyii GRAY, 1845
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Menetia greyii?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Common Dwarf Skink|
|Synonym||Menetia greyii GRAY 1845: 66|
Menetia reidi (MCCOOEY 1895)
Ablepharus greyi — PIANKA 1969
Menetia greyii — GREER 1974: 29
Menetia greyii — COGGER 1983: 178
Menetia microscincus WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 33
Menetia greyii — COGGER 2000: 543
Menetia greyii — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 316
|Distribution||Australia (New South Wales, North Territory, Queensland,South Australia,Victoria, West Australia)|
Type locality: W. A. Map legend:
- 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.
|Reproduction||parthenogenetic, 1-3 eggs per clutch.|
|Types||Lectotype: BMNH 19220.127.116.11, designated by Storr, G. M. (1976).|
|Comment||Diet: primarily thysanura (silverfish), small spiders, and true bugs.|
Type Species: Menetia greyii is the type species of the genus Menetia GRAY 1845 (fide GREER 1974).
Diagnosis (Menetia): The species of Menetia (as opposed to Pygmaeascincus and Lygisaurus) share a reduced number of supraciliaries (3-4 instead of 5 or more) of which the first and second, but especially the latter, are greatly enlarged; two supraoculars; eyelid completely ablepharine; splenial not distinct; premaxillae fused; maxillary teeth ≤ 12 (modified after Greer 1991 and P. Couper, pers. comm., 18 Nov 2014).
Synonymy: after Glenn Shea, pers. comm. 4 Sep 2014.
Abundance: common, with more than 500 specimens collected (Pianka 2011)