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Saproscincus spectabilis (DE VIS, 1888)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesGully Shadeskink 
SynonymMocoa spectabilis DE VIS 1888
Lygosoma (Liolopisma) spectabile — LONGMAN 1918: 38
Saproscincus galli WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985 (fide INGRAM 1994)
Saproscincus spectabilis — COGGER 2000: 767
Saproscincus spectabilis — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Gympie, Qld.  
TypesHolotype: QM J244 
CommentSynonymy: COGGER 1983 synonymized Mocoa spectabilis with Lampropholis challengeri (= Saproscincus challengeri). Sadlier et al. (1993) claimed that Mocoa spectabilis de Vis, 1888 was a senior synonym of Lampropholis basiliscus Ingram & Rawlinson, 1981, and thus the available name for the taxon. This was based on their identification of the 'lectotype' of Mocoa spectabilis (Queensland Museum specimen QMJ19743), which was declared by Wells & Wellington (1985). QM J255, QM J19742-3are S. basiliscus [INGRAM 1994]. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • De Vis, C. W. 1888. A contribution to the herpetology of Queensland. Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. (2) 2: 811-826 [1887] - get paper here
  • Ingram G J 1994. The holotype of Mocoa spectabilis de Vis, 1888. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 35 (1), 1: 34.
  • Longman, H. A. 1918. Notes on some Queensland and Papuan reptiles. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 6: 37-44
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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