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Bellatorias obiri (WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1985)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Arnhem Land Gorges Skink 
SynonymHortonia obiri WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 30
Egernia obiri — GREER 2005 (online)
Bellatorias obiri — GARDNER et al. 2008
Egernia arnhemensis SADLIER 1990
Egernia arnhemensis — COGGER 2000: 755
Bellatorias obiri — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
Distributionarnhemensis: Australia (Alligator Rivers region, Northern Territory)

Type locality: 3 km south west of Oenpelli, Arnhem Land, NT  
TypesHolotype: NTM R1190, collected by B. Jukes, 28.vii1975; paratype: NTM R0809 
CommentGARDNER et al. (2008) list Bellatorias obiri as valid species although they do not appear to have included it in their sequence analysis. E. arnhemensis is a synonym of E. obiri fide GARDNER (pers. comm.).

PARATYPES R38384 Koongarra, [Mt] Brockman Range, NT (P–J. Calaby & A. Wolfe); R100018 SE corner of Djawamba Massif, Jabiluka project area, NT (A. Kerle, 19.xi.1980). [arnhemensis] 
  • 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
  • Gardner, M. G., Hugall, A. F., Donnellan, S. C., Hutchinson, M. N., and Foster, R. 2008. Molecular systematics of social skinks: phylogeny and taxonomy of the Egernia group (Reptilia: Scincidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 154 (4): 781-794 - get paper here
  • Sadlier, R A 1990. A new species of scincid lizard from western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The Beagle 7 (2) 1990: 29-33
  • Wells, R. W. and Wellington, C. R. 1985. A classification of the Amphibia and Reptilia of Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology, Supplementary Series (1): 1-61 [sometimes cited as 1983] - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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