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Concinnia martini WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1985

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Dark Barsided Skink 
SynonymConcinnia martini WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 26
Eulamprus martini — COGGER 2000: 756
Eulamprus martini — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Concinnia martini — SKINNER et al. 2013 
DistributionAustralia (SE Queensland, NE New South Wales)

Type locality: Yabbra State Forest, 3.9km S Urbenville, NSW  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R116966 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized Scincid lizard most closely related to Concinnia tenuis, inhabiting wet sclerophyll and rain forests of mid coastal Australia, readily identified by the following combination of characters: Frontonasal in contact with rostral, nasals separated; prefrontals in point contact; frontal elongate and in contact with first two supraoculars; frontoparietals divided, in contact with 3rd and 4th supraocular; parietals meet behind interparietal; 3 pairs of enlarged nuchals; supraoculars 4; supralabials 7; infralabials 6; supraciliaries 6; paravertebrals 59; mid body scale rows 28; subdigitallamellae on 4th toe 19R, 20L. Measurements (mm): Snout to vent length 58.6; snout to axilla length 21.2; axilla to groin length 30.4; vent to tail length 67.2 (40.0 regenerated); snout to anterior edge of ear 11.0; forelimb length 16.6; hindlimb 22.6. Colouration: Dorsally dark grey with scales black edged or splotched, largely concentrated as two indistinct longitudinal rows extending from the nape to the tail; the tail is ringed with black on the original portion, and grey with scattered black flecking on regeneration. The head shields (supraoculars and parietals mainly) are distinctly edged with black. The lateral colouration is essentially black on the upper portion, originating at the snout as a cream edged black canthal-occipital 'stripe' that continues along the body onto non regenerated tail. The lower lateral of the head is grey with black flecking, most pronounced as black spotting on the last few supralabials; the ventro lateral of the body is similarly grey flecked with black, with a tendancy for this grey pattern to penetrate the black upper lateral zone as several well spaced narrow 'semi-hands' that tend to give the body an appearance of incomplete transverse banding. Ventrally, greyish cream with the gulars and chin shields having indistinct black margins. Non regenerated subcaudals tend to have some black flecking but this is much more intense on regenerated tail. The limbs are black with creamish flecks dorsally and creamish on the under surface. (Wells & Wellington 1985: 26).

Colour illustration: a mature C. martini is shown in Davies (1983: unnumbered coloured plate labelled as Sphenomorphus brachysomus). 
CommentNot listed in FRANK & RAMUS 1995: 185.

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyNamed for Keith Martin of the Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory 
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  • 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
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  • Skinner, Adam; Mark N. Hutchinson, Michael S.Y. Lee 2013. Phylogeny and Divergence Times of Australian Sphenomorphus Group Skinks (Scincidae, Squamata). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69 (3): 906–918 - get paper here
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  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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