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Tiliqua nigrolutea (QUOY & GAIMARD, 1824)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Blotched Bluetongue, Southern Bluetongue, Blotched Blue-Tongued Lizard 
SynonymScincus nigroluteus QUOY & GAIMARD 1824: 176
Scincus erucotis GRAY 1839: 290 (nomen nudum)
Cyclodus nigroluteus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 750
Tiliqua nigrolutea GRAY — SMITH 1937: 233
Tiliqua nigrolutea — COGGER 1983: 190
Tiliqua nigrolutea — COGGER 2000: 577
Tiliqua nigrolutea — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria)  
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 7134 (adult), New Holland (description gives Blue Mountains, NSW), collected Quoy & Gaimard. Designation by Wells & Wellington (1985). Other syntypes: MNHN-RA 3024 (adult), MNHN-RA 3023 (juvenile), from Blue Mts., N. S. W. (MNHN catalogue cites New Holland). 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983.

Photo in Elaphe 19 (2): 79 [2011]. 
EtymologyPresumably named after the Latin niger (black) plus luteus (yellow), in reference to the black and yellow color pattern. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
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  • Baehr, M. 1976. Beiträge zur Verbreitung und Ökologie tasmanischer Reptilien. Stuttgarter Beitr. Naturk. (A) 292: 1-24 - get paper here
  • Broaddus, Jane 1994. Blue-tongued skinks: Tiliqua. Reptile & Amphibian magazine (March/April): 32-39
  • Brygoo, E.R. 1985. Les types des scincidés (Reptiles, Sauriens) du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, catalogue critique. Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. (4e sér.) 7 (sect. A 3), suppl.: 1-126
  • 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
  • DOODY, J. SEAN. 2022. TILIQUA NIGROLUTEA (Blotched Bluetongue Skink). PRECOCIOUSNESS. Herpetological Review 53 (1): 139–140.
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol. 5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • Edwards, A. & S.M. Jones 2001. Changes in Plasma Testosterone, Estrogen, and Progesterone Concentrations throughout the Annual Reproductive Cycle in Male Viviparous Blue-Tongued Skinks, Tiliqua nigrolutea, in Tasmania Journal of Herpetology 35 (2): 293-299. - get paper here
  • Edwards, A., S.M. Jones & E. Wapstra 2002. Multiennial Reproduction in Females of a Viviparous, Temperate-Zone Skink, Tiliqua nigrolutea Herpetologica 58 (4): 407-414. - get paper here
  • Escoriza Boj, D. 2005. Australia. Reptiles and Amphibians, Part 1: Rainforest. Reptilia (GB) (40): 70-75 - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1839. Catalogue of the slender-tongued saurians, with descriptions of many new genera and species. Part 2. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 2 (10): 287-293 - get paper here
  • Hancock, Linda Joanne; Thompson, Michael B 1997. Distributional limits of eastern blue-tongue lizards Tiliqua scincoides, blotched blue-tongue lizards T. nigrolutea and shingleback lizards T. rugosa (Gray) in New South Wales. Australian Zoologist 30 (3): 340-345 - get paper here
  • Hutchinson, M.N. 1979. The reptiles of Kinglake National Park. Victorian Naturalist 96: 124-134 - get paper here
  • Lucas, A. H. S. & Frost, C. 1894. The lizards indigenous to Victoria. Proc. R. Soc. Vict. (ns) 6: 24-92 - get paper here
  • Mitchell, F. J. 1950. The scincid genera Egernia and Tiliqua (Lacertilia). Rec. South Austral. Mus. 9: 275-308 - get paper here
  • Quoy, J.R., and J.P. Gaimard. 1824. Zoologie. In: M.L. de Freycinet: Voyage Autour du Monde, Entrepris par le ministére et conformément aux instructions de s. exc. M. le Vicomte du Bouchage, Secrétaire d'etat au Department de la Marine, Exécuté sur les corvettes de S.M. l'Uranie et la Paris. iv + 712 pp. - 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
  • Stettler, P. H. 1953. Tiliqua nigrolutea Gray. Lacerta 11: 63-66 - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • Taylor, R. J.;Dudley, A.;Gale, P. G. 1993. Reptiles and amphibians in sclerophyll forest surrounding Old Chum Dam in north-eastern Tasmania. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 23 (1): 26-31
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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