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Praeteropus monachus HUTCHINSON, COUPER, AMEY & WILMER, 2021

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymPraeteropus monachus HUTCHINSON, COUPER, AMEY & WILMER 2021 
DistributionAustralia (CE Queensland, higher elevations on Mount Abbot in the Lower Burdekin River subbasin of the Burdekin Drainage)

Type locality: Mt Abbot, mideastern Queensland (2080603.600S, 147845025.200E); open forest, 800 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype. QM J90961; G. Monteith; 27–28 September 2011.
Paratypes. QM J62976, Mt Abbot, mideastern Queensland (208060S, 1478450E), G. Monteith, 9–12 April 1997. QM J62995, Mt Abbot, mideastern Queensland (208060S, 1478450E); summit; H. Janetzki; 11 April 1997. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small species of Praeteropus with fewer than 100 paravertebral scales, 3 supraoculars, 6 supralabials, 4 infralabials, undivided upper secondary temporal, and no prefrontals. Presacral vertebrae 48, 7 cervical vertebrae, 6 premaxillary teeth. Distinguished from all other species in the genus by its color pattern consisting of a series of prominent lateral stripes.

Comparisons: In proportions and scalation, P. monachus is closest to P. brevicollis and is externally separated from this species by color pattern (dark sides, pale dorsum rather than dark-spotted dorsally and laterally) and four rather than five infralabial scales. In color pattern, it is very similar to P. auxilliger but is distinguished from both that species and P. gowi in its higher supralabial scale counts (6 vs. 5), more supraoculars (3 vs. 2) and fewer paravertebrals (90–97 vs. 103–117). Praeteropus monachus further differs osteologically from these two but resembles P. brevicollis in having less expanded orbitosphenoids, modally six premaxillary teeth, a stapes with a relatively stout stapedial shaft, and a shorter vertebral column (<50 presacrals), including a shortened neck region with seven rather than eight cervicals. Note that Table 3 in Greer and Cogger (1985) erroneously scores A. brevicollis as having two supraoculars. 
EtymologyNeo-Latin adjective monachus, from the Greek “monachós”, meaning solitary, reclusive (hence, also a hermit or a monk). 
  • Hutchinson, M. N., Couper, P., Amey, A., & Wilmer, J. W. 2021. Diversity and Systematics of Limbless Skinks (Anomalopus) from Eastern Australia and the Skeletal Changes that Accompany the Substrate Swimming Body Form. Journal of Herpetology 55 (4): 361-384 - get paper here
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