Cryptoblepharus buchananii (GRAY, 1839)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Buchanan's Snake-eyed Skink|
|Synonym||Tiliqua buchananii GRAY 1839: 291|
Ablepharus peronii var. peronii — BOULENGER 1887: 347
Ablepharus boutoni punctatus STERNFELD 1918: 424
Ablepharus boutoni plagiocephalus – MERTENS 1931: 116
Ablepharus boutoni plagiocephalus – STORR 1961: 176
Ablepharus boutoni plagiocephalus – WORRELL 1963: 34
Ablepharus boutoni plagiocephalus – MERTENS 1964: 107
Ablepharus boutonii metallicus — LOVERIDGE 1934: 375
Cryptoblepharus plagiocephalus – STORR 1976: 56
Cryptoblepharus plagiocephalus – STORR & HANLON 1980: 431
Cryptoblepharus plagiocephalus – STORR et al. 1999
Cryptoblepharus plagiocephalus – WILSON & SWAN 2003
Cryptoblepharus buchananii — HORNER 2007
|Distribution||Australia (C/S Western Australia, from the Pilbara region to much of southern Western Australia)|
Type locality: ““New Holland” [= W. Australia fide BOULENGER 1887]
|Types||Syntypes: BMNH 1918.104.22.168-74, W. Australia; BMNH 1922.214.171.124|
Lectotype: SMF 15685 [punctatus]
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A large (45–50 mm SVL), short-legged, shallow-headed, arboreal Cryptoblepharus, distinguished from Australian congeners by combination of usually having: six supraciliary scales; 24 mid-body scale rows; 52 paravertebral scales; 19 smooth subdigital lamellae under the fourth toe; hindlimb length 41.1% of SVL; head depth 42.3% of head length; tail length 136% of SVL; rounded, usually callused plantar scales; greyish, longitudinally aligned body pattern and being arboreal.|
Original description: “[Scales smooth] Ears shallow, overlapped by 2 or 3 whitish superficial scales; scales smooth, olive, black lined; above black and olive varied; back with a broad black-edged silvery streak on each side; limbs, tail, and sides olive and black dotted, beneath silvery.” (Gray 1838)
|Comment||Similar species: C. plagiocephalus|
Gray diagnosed the taxon as, “Ears shallow, overlapped by 2 or 3 whitish superﬁcial scales; scales smooth, olive, black lined; above black and olive varied; back with a broad black-edged silvery streak on each side; limbs, tail, and sides olive and black dotted, beneath silvery”.
Sympatry. Cryptoblepharus buchananii occurs in sympatry with C. australis from lineage 1 and C. plagiocephalus and C. ustulatus sp. nov. from lineage 2. Sympatric with C. australis at Comet Vale; C. plagiocephalus at Greenough, and C. ustulatus sp. nov. at Dolphin Island and Weeli Wooli Spring.
Habitat: Typically arboreal, museum records of the species note its occurrence in open woodland and urban environments.
Etymology: no etymology was given by Gray 1839.
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