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Menetia maini STORR, 1976

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Northern Dwarf Skink 
SynonymMenetia maini STORR 1976: 198
Menetia zynja INGRAM 1977: 186 (fide RANKIN 1979)
Menetia maini — COGGER 1983: 179
Menetia maini — COGGER 2000: 544
Menetia maini — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 318 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia)

Type locality: 23 km SSE of Derby, 17° 29’ S; 123° 43’ E, W. A.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R18464
Holotype: QM J24454, from Mt. Unbunmaroo, 90 km NW of Boulia, 22° 32’ S, 140°18’ E, W Qld. [zynja] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “ First (and only) supraocular much more than twice as long as wide, and in contact with first supraciliary (see Fig. 1). Uppermost circumocular granule not enlarged. Ear aperture small. No indication of lateral stripes.” (Storr 1976: 199)

Description: “ Snout-vent length (mm): 19-28 (N 17, mean 24.3). Tail up to 1.55 times as long as snout to vent. Nasals widely separated. Prefrontals usually narrowly separated, occasion- ally in very short contact. Nuchals usually 1, occasionally 2, rarely O. Supraciliaries 2, second not in contact with prefrontal. Upper labials 6. Midbody scale rows 22-26 (N 12, mean 23.7). Lamellae under fourth toe 16-21 (N 15, mean 18.1), smooth. Upper surfaces brown, dorsal scales sometimes with an indistinct dark median streak. Laterally brown, indistinctly flecked with dark brown and and occasionally with brownish white. Ventral surfaces generally pale, but scales (especially of throat and under tail) often edged with greyish brown.” (Storr 1976: 199) 
CommentSynonymy after COGGER 1983.

One of the smallest skinks known. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Albert "Bert" Russell Main (1919-2010), a well-known Australian ecologist, who was married to arachnologist Barbara York Main. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Couper, P., Covacevich, J., Amey, A. & Baker, A. 2006. The genera of skinks (Family Scincidae) of Australia and its island territories: diversity, distribution and identification. in: Merrick, J.R., Archer, M., Hickey, G.M. & Lee, M.S.Y. (eds.). Evolution and Zoogeography of Australasian Vertebrates. Australian Scientific Publishing, Sydney, pp. 367-384
  • COUPER, PATRICK J.; CONRAD J. HOSKIN 2014. A new genus to accommodate three skinks currently assigned to Menetia (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Zootaxa 3884 (6): 597–599 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen E. 2001. Distribution of maximum snout-vent length among species of Scincid lizards. Journal of Herpetology 35 (3): 383-395 - get paper here
  • Ingram G J 1977. Three species of small lizards - two of them new. Genus Menetia (Lacertilia, Scincidae) in Queensland. Victorian Naturalist 94: 184-187 - get paper here
  • Rankin P R 1979. A taxonomic revision of the genus Menetia (Lacertilia, Scincidae) in the Northern Territory. Rec. Austral. Mus. 32 (14): 491-499 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1976. The genus Menetia (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 4: 189-200. - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M., Smith, L. A. & Johnstone, R. E. 1981. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Perth: University of Western Australia Press and Western Australian Museum, 200 pp.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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