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Tiliqua multifasciata STERNFELD, 1919

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Centralian Bluetongue, Centralian Blue-Tongued Lizard 
SynonymTiliqua occipitalis multifasciata STERNFELD 1919: 79
Tiliqua occipitalis multifasciata — STERNFELD 1925: 242
Tiliqua occipitalis nossiteri GLAUERT 1923: 59
Tiliqua occipitalis auriculare KINGHORN 1931
Tiliqua occipitalis multifasciata — GLAUERT 1960: 69
Tiliqua multifasciata — COGGER 1983: 190
Tiliqua multifasciata — COGGER 2000: 577
Tiliqua multifasciata — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales)

Type locality: (lectotype locality) Hermannsburg Mission, Upper Finke River, N. T.  
TypesLectotype: SMF 14037, from Hermannsburg Mission, Upper Finke River, N. T., designated by Mertens (1967).
Syntypes: WAM R1013, from Wallal, W. A., remaining three syntypes not cited by number in original description fide COGGER 1983 [Tiliqua occipitalis nossiteri].
Holotype: WAM R10080, from Broome, W. A. [Tiliqua occipitalis auriculare]. 
CommentSynonymy after COGGER 1983.

Photo in Elaphe 19 (2): 79 [2011]. 
EtymologyPresumably named after the Latin multus (much) plus fasciatus (banded), in reference to the multiple narrow bands on the body and tail in this species. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
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  • Mertens, R. 1967. Die herpetologische Sektion des Natur-Museums und Forschungs-Institutes Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main nebst einem Verzeichnis ihrer Typen. Senckenbergiana Biologica 48: 1-106 - get paper here
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