Pygmaeascincus timlowi (INGRAM, 1977)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pygmaeascincus timlowi?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Dwarf Litter-skink|
|Synonym||Menetia timlowi INGRAM 1977|
Lygisaurus timlowi — INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1988
Menetia timlowi — GREER 1991
Menetia timlowi — COGGER 2000: 541
Menetia timlowi — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 318
Menetia timlowi — COGGER 2014: 658
Pygmaeascincus timlowi — COUPER & HOSKIN 2014
Type locality: Barmount, 80 km NW of Marlborough, 22° 32’ S, 149° 06’ E, mideastern Qld.
|Types||Holotype: QM J24940|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus): Pygmaeascincus is a genus of small litter skinks that is distinguished from all other Australian skinks by the following character states: small size (SVL < 30 mm); limbs short and widely separated when adpressed; digital formula 4/5 (four fingers, five toes) with ≤ 10 supradigital scales on fourth toe; frontoparietals and interparietal fused into a single shield; eyelid preablepharine; supraoculars transverse, ≤ 3, squarish, with only the 1st contacting the frontal.|
|Comment||One of the smallest skinks known (max. SVL about 25 mm).|
Type species: Menetia timlowi INGRAM 1977 is the type species of the genus Pygmaeascincus COUPER & HOSKIN 2014.
|Etymology||From the Latin pygmaea for pygmy. Referring to the very small size of the three species. These skinks, at SVL < 30 mm, are amongst the smallest skinks in the world (Greer 2001). The species has been named after Tim Low who apparently discovered it.|
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