Tiliqua occipitalis (PETERS, 1863)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Western Bluetongue, Western Blue-Tongued Lizard|
|Synonym||Cyclodus occipitalis PETERS 1863: 231|
Cyclodus fasciatus LÜTKEN 1863: 292
Tiliqua occipitalis — STERNFELD 1925: 242
Tiliqua occipitalis — SMITH 1937: 233
Tiliqua occipitalis — GLAUERT 1960: 69
Tiliqua occipitalis — COGGER 1983: 190
Tiliqua occipitalis — COGGER 2000: 579
Tiliqua occipitalis — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia)|
Type locality: “Buchsfelde bei Adelaide in Südaustralien” [= Loos, near gawler, South Australia].
|Types||Holotype: ZMB 4709|
Holotype: UZM R47563, from Australia [Cyclodus fasciatus].
|Diagnosis||Description: “This larger member of the genus, which may attain a length of 18 in., is the most strongly marked species owing to the sharp contrast between the pale brown body colour and the bone brown crossbands on the body and tail. There are 38 to 42 rows of scales round the middle of the body, all smooth and shining. Behind the parietals there are 3 or 4 series of enlarged scales, some of them much longer than wide, to which the lizard probably owes its specific name. The scales on the nape by contrast are much reduced in size and mark edly wider than long. In due course these are succeeded by larger transverse scales slightly obliquely placed and increasing in size somewhat towards and on the tail. The limbs are short, not meeting when adpressed; the fore limb is as long as the head and about 3 times in the distance between the axilla and the groin. The tail is short, tapering and pointed, much shorter than the head and body, with four dark cross bands and a dark tip. A dark stripe along the side of the head, from the eye to over the ear, is very pronounced on all specimens examined.” (Glauert 1960)|
|Comment||Synonymy after COGGER 1983.|
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