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Cryptoblepharus exochus HORNER, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Noble snake-eyed skink 
SynonymCryptoblepharus exochus HORNER 2007
Cryptoblepharus exochus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: Mosquito Flat, Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, 15°23’22”S 130°08’41”E.  
TypesHolotype: NTM R18669, adult male, (Tissue sample No. ABTC BR7). coll. P. Horner and S. Swanson, 29 Sep- tember 1997. On Excoecaria parvifolia trunk, cracking blacksoil plain. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A medium sized (40–44 mm SVL), shortlegged, shallow-headed, arboreal Cryptoblepharus, distinguished from Australian congeners by combination of modal values of five supraciliary scales; 24 mid-body scale rows, 51 paravertebral scales, 10 palmar and 12 plantar scales, 16 fourth finger subdigital lamellae, 20 fourth toe subdigital lamellae, 15 fourth toe supradigital scales; mean values of snout-vent length 37.1 mm, head depth 42.8% of head length, forelimb length 33.0% of snout-vent length, hindlimb length 40.7% of snout-vent length; pale, acute plantar scales; smooth subdigital lamellae; usually 2+2 post- temporal scales, and very narrow pale laterodorsal stripes.
CommentSympatry: with: C. ruber at Mosquito Flat, Bradshaw Field Training Area, NT and Spirit Hills Station, NT. Sympatry with more than one congener occurs at Bradshaw Field Training Area where, at Mosquito Flat, C. exochus and C. ruber can be found on Excoecaria parvifolia trunks, C. metallicus on Eucalyptus spp. in adjoining woodland and C. juno on nearby rock outcrops. 
EtymologyFrom the Latin adjective exochus, meaning standing out or eminent; in reference to the distinctiveness of this taxon in comparison to closely related congeners. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Horner, P. 2007. Systematics of the snake-eyed skinks, Cryptoblepharus Wiegmann (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) - an Australian based review. The Beagle Supplement 3: 21-198
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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