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Proablepharus kinghorni (COPLAND, 1947)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesRed-tailed Soil-crevice Skink 
SynonymAblepharus kinghorni COPLAND 1947: 282
Proablepharus kinghorni — FUHN 1969
Proablepharus kinghorni — GREER 1974: 18
Proablepharus kinghorni — COGGER 1983: 182
Proablepharus barklyensis WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Proablepharus kinghorni — COGGER 2000: 557
Proablepharus kinghorni — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland)

Type locality: Darling River, between Bourke (30.5° S, 145.58’ E) and Wilcannia (31.28° S, 143.13’ E'), N. S. W.  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R6458 
CommentWells and Wellington (1985) diagnose Proablepharus barklyensis by referencing Plate 718 in Cogger (1983). This plate shows a specimen with a free interparietal. 
Etymologynamed after James Roy Kinghorn (1891-1983), Australian herpetologist. For further biographical information see Williams et al. (2006). 
  • 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.
  • Copland, S. J. 1947. Taxonomic notes on the genus Ablepharus (Sauria: Scincidae). 1. A new species from the Darling River. Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 71: 282-286 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Fuhn, I. 1969. The 'polyphyletic' origin of the genus Ablepharus (Reptilia: Scincidae): a case of parallel evolution. Z. Sool. Syst. Evolutionsf. 7: 67-76
  • Fuhn, I. E. 1969. Revision and redefinition of the genus Ablepharus Lichtenstein 1823 (Reptilia, Scincidae). Revue Roum. Biol. -Zool. 14: 23-41.
  • Greer A E 1981. A new species of Morethia (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from northern Australia, with comments on the biology and relationships of the genus. Rec. Austral. Mus. 33 (2): 89-122 [1980] - get paper here
  • 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
  • Greer, A.E.; Fisher, A. & Horner, P. 2004. A new species of Proablepharus (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Northern Territory of Australia. The Beagle (Rec NT Mus. Arts Sci.) 20: 199-205
  • Williams, D.; Wüster, W. & Fry, B.G. 2006. The good, the bad and the ugly: Australian snake taxonomists and a history of the taxonomy of Australia’s venomous snakes. Toxicon 48: 919–930
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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