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Menetia surda STORR, 1976

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesMenetia surda cresswelli APLIN & ADAMS 1998
Menetia surda surda STORR 1976 
Common NamesWestern Dwarf Skink 
SynonymMenetia surda STORR 1976: 196
Menetia surda — COGGER 1983: 179
Menetia surda — COGGER 2000: 545
Menetia surda — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 318 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Budjan Creek, Corunna Downs, 21° 42’ S, 119°50’E, W. A.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R13249
Holotype: WAM R101249, adult male collected by M Peterson on 25/5/1987 [cresswelli] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis of M. s. cresswelli: A relatively plain Menetia with a subdued pattern of 8-10 longitudinal dark lines of subequal strength and spacing. Differs from nominate M. surda in having fewer scales along paravertebral series; paravertebral scale series wider than more lateral scales along entire length of body (posterior paravertebrals not widened in surda); claws on manus and pes shorter and recurved; lacking conspicuous laterodorsal stripe; and venter with faint longitudinal lines for posterior 1/3 - 2/3 of body length (immaculate in surda).
 
CommentSize: One of the smallest skinks known (max. SVL about 25 mm) 
Etymology 
References
  • Aplin KP & Adams M 1998. Morphological and genetic discrimination of new species and subspecies of gekkonid and scincid lizards (Squamata: Lacertilia) from the Carnarvon Basin of Western Australia. J. Roy. Soc. Western Australia 81: 201-223
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Storr, G. M.; L. A. Smith, and R. E. Johnstone 1999. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Revised Edition. Western Australian Museum
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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