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Morethia lineoocellata (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: West Coast Morethia Skink, Western Pale-flecked Morethia 
SynonymAblepharus lineoocellatus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 817 (part.)
Morethia anomalus GRAY 1845: 65 (part.)
Ablepharus lineo-ocellatus — STRAUCH 1868: 371
Ablepharus anomalus — STRAUCH 1868: 371
Ablepharus lineo-ocellatus — GLAUERT 1960:116
Ablepharus lineo-ocellatus — FORD 1963
Morethia lineoocellata — GREER 1974: 21
Morethia lineoocellata — COGGER 1983: 180
Morethia lineoocellata — COGGER 2000: 548
Morethia lineoocellata — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: “Australia”  
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 3092 (four specimens MNHN-RA 3092, MNHN-RA 3092A, MNHN-RA 3092B and MNHN-RA 3092C) (pentadactyl syntype), from Australia, designated by Rawlinson (1976). For the other 2 specimens under this number, see synonymy of Menetia greyii GRAY 1845. See also MNHN-RA A 0793 and A 0794 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Small to medium-sized (snout-vent length up to 56 mm), primarily terrestrial skinks with supranasals (except in some lineoocellata), an ablepharine eye, and the frontoparietals and interparietal fused into a single scale; clutch sizes variable, up to 6 (Greer 1974: 23). 
CommentSynonymy after COGGER 1983.

Type Species: Morethia anomalus (= Ablepharus lineoocellatus) is the type species of the genus Morethia GRAY 1845. 
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  • Gray, J. E. 1845. Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 pp. - get paper here
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