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Bellatorias frerei (GÜNTHER, 1897)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Major Skink 
SynonymEgernia frerei GÜNTHER 1897: 405
Egernia major — MITCHELL 1950
Egernia frerei — COGGER 1983: 156
Hortonia oakesi WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Hortonia shinei WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 31
Egernia frerei — COGGER 2000: 461
Egernia frerei — COUPER et al. 2006: 380
Bellatorias frerei — GARDNER et al. 2008 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Queensland), Papua New Guinea.

Type locality: Mt. Bartle Frere, Qld.  
Reproductionovovivparous. This is the only Egernia that occurs outside of Australia. 
TypesHolotype: unknown 
EtymologyNamed after Mount Bartle Frere in Queensland. 
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