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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesNotoscincus ornatus ornatus (BROOM 1896)
Notoscincus ornatus wotjulum (GLAUERT 1959) 
Common NamesE: Ornate Soil-crevice Skink 
SynonymAblepharus ornatus BROOM 1896: 343
Notoscincus ornatus — FUHN 1969
Notoscincus ornatus — COGGER 1983: 182
Notoscincus ornatus ornatus — STORR et al. 1999
Notoscincus ornatus — COGGER 2000: 553
Notoscincus ornatus — WILSON & SWAN 2010

Notoscincus ornatus wotjulum (GLAUERT 1959)
Ablepharus wotjulum GLAUERT 1959: 192
Notoscincus wotjulum — GREER 1974: 27
Notoscincus ornatus wotjulum — STORR et al. 1999
Notoscincus wotjulum — GREER 2005 (online)
Notoscincus wotjulum — SKINNER et al. 2013
Notoscincus ornatus wotjulum — COGGER 2014: 666 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia)

ornatus: Far northern Queensland, Western Australia, and Northern Territory, to the coast and islands of the Gulf of Carpentaria and south to central Australia excluding north coast and hinterland.

wotjulum: tropical north coast and hinterland. Type locality: Wotjulum Mission, opposite Yampi Sounds, West Kimberley.

Type locality: Muldiva, Qld  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.18.53.
Holotype: WAM R11799, from Wotjulum Mission, opposite Yampi Sound, West Kimberley, W. A. [wotjulum] 
CommentSynonymy after COGGER 1983.

Type Species: Ablepharus wotjulum is the type species of the genus Notoscincus FUHN 1969 (fide GREER 1974).

Phylogenetics: see Singhal et al. 2017 and 2018 for a phylogeny of Australian sphenomorphine skinks.

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Brandley et al 2008) 
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  • 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
  • Dijkman, Dr. Marieke & drs. Irma de Vries 2017. Apply a pressure-immobilization bandage, yes or no? In the Dutch situation not necessary. Litteratura Serpentium 37 (3): 114-120 - get paper here
  • Fuhn, I. E. 1969. Revision and redefinition of the genus Ablepharus Lichtenstein 1823 (Reptilia, Scincidae). Revue Roum. Biol. -Zool. 14: 23-41.
  • Glauert, L. 1959. Herpetological miscellanea. IX. Ablepharus wotjulum, a new skink from West Kimberley. Western Australian Naturalist 6: 192-193
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Reeder, T.W. 2003. A phylogeny of the Australian Sphenomorphus group (Scincidae: Squamata) and the phylogenetic placement of the crocodile skinks (Tribolonotus): Bayesian approaches to assessing congruence and obtaining confidence in maximum likelihood inferred relatio Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 27: 384–397 - get paper here
  • Singhal, Sonal; Huateng Huang, Maggie R. Grundler, María R. Marchán-Rivadeneira, Iris Holmes, Pascal O. Title, Stephen C. Donnellan, and Daniel L. Rabosky 2018. Does Population Structure Predict the Rate of Speciation? A Comparative Test across Australia’s Most Diverse Vertebrate Radiation. The American Naturalist - get paper here
  • Skinner, Adam; Mark N. Hutchinson, Michael S.Y. Lee 2013. Phylogeny and Divergence Times of Australian Sphenomorphus Group Skinks (Scincidae, Squamata). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69 (3): 906–918 - get paper here
  • Sleijpen, F. 1984. Venomous or not? Litteratura Serpentium 4 (2): 42-56 - get paper here
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