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Saproscincus challengeri (BOULENGER, 1887)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Orange-tailed Shadeskink, Border Ranges Shadeskink, Challenger's Skink 
SynonymLygosoma challengeri BOULENGER 1887: 268
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) challengeri — SMITH 1937: 224
Lampropholis challengeri — GREER 1974: 21
Lampropholis challengeri — COGGER 1983: 166
Saproscincus challengeri — SADLIER, COLGAN & SHEA 1993
Saproscincus challengeri — COGGER 2000: 574
Saproscincus challengeri — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Queensland)

Type locality: Qld.  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.8.16.55 (formerly, Queensland, collected H.M.S. Challenger expedition. Desgination by Wells & Wellington (1985). 
CommentMocoa spectabilis DE VIS 1888 has bee synonymized with Saproscincus challengeri (e.g. COGGER 1983) 
Etymologynamed after the ship “Challenger”. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • 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
  • Dale, D. F. 1973. Forty Queensland Lizards. Brisbane: Queensland Museum, 64 pp.
  • De Vis, C. W. 1888. A contribution to the herpetology of Queensland. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales (2) 2: 811-826 [1887] - 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
  • Pauwels, Olivier S. G. and Richard Wahlgren 2012. Beolens Bo, Watkins Michael, and Grayson Michael (2011), The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (4): 352 – 355 - get paper here
  • Sadlier R A. Colgan D J. Shea G M. 1993. Taxonomy and distribution of the scincid lizard Saproscincus challengeri and related species in southeastern Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 34 (1): 139-158. - get paper here
  • Sadlier, R.A.; Couper, P.J.; Colgan, D.J.; Vanderduys, E.; Rickard, E. 2005. A new species of scincid lizard, Saproscincus eungellensis, from mid-eastern Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 51(2): 559-571. - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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