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Niveoscincus greeni (RAWLINSON, 1975)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesAlpine Cool-skink, Northern Snow Skink 
SynonymLeiolopisma greeni RAWLINSON 1975
Carinascincus greeni — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 24
Pseudemoia greeni - FRANK & RAMUS 1995
Niveoscincus greeni - HUTCHINSON et al. 1990
Niveoscincus greeni — MELVILLE & SWAIN 2000
Niveoscincus greeni — COGGER 2000: 562
Carinascincus greeni — GREER 2005 (online)
Carinascincus greeni — COGGER 2014: 427 
DistributionAustralia (Tasmania)

Type locality: Mt. Barrow summit (1413 m), Tas., in 41° 23’ S, 147° 25’ E. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TDWG region - 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.
 
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: NMV D18243 
CommentType Species: Leiolopisma greeni Rawlinson 1975 is the type species of the genus Niveoscincus HUTCHINSON et al. 1990. Leiolopisma greeni Rawlinson 1975 is also the type species for the genus Carinascincus WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 24.

Habitat: Saxicolous, alpine boulder field, elevation 1400-1500 m. 
EtymologyFrom the Latin nivea, snow, and neo-Latin scincus, a skink, alluding to the
cold climates inhabited by these skinks. 
References
  • 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.
  • Greer, Allen E. 1982. A new species of Leiolopisma (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Western Australia. Rec. Austral. Mus. 34 (12): 549-573 - get paper here
  • Hutchinson M N; Donnellan S C; Baverstock P R; Krieg M; Simms S; Burgin S 1990. Immunological relationships and generic revision of the Australian lizards assigned to the genus Leiolopisma (Scincidae: Lygosominae). Australian Journal of Zoology 38 (5): 535-554 - get paper here
  • Hutchinson,M.D. & Schwaner,T.D. 1991. Genetic relationships among the Tasmanian scincid lizards of the genus Niveoscincus. Journal of Herpetology 25 (1): 49-58 - get paper here
  • Melville, Jane; Swain, Roy 2000. Evolutionary relationships between morphology, performance and habitat openness in the lizard genus Niveoscincus (Scincidae: Lygosominae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 70: 667–683. - get paper here
  • Melville,J. & SWAIN,R. 2000. Mitochondrial DNA-sequence based phylogeny and biogeography of the snow skinks (Squamata: Scincidae: Niveoscincus) of Tasmania. Herpetologica 56 (2): 196-208 - get paper here
  • Rawlinson,P.A. 1975. Two new lizard species from the genus Leiolopisma (Scincidae: Lygosominae) in south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. Mem. Natl. Mus. Victoria 36: 1-16
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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