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Cryptoblepharus gurrmul HORNER, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Arafura snake-eyed skink 
SynonymCryptoblepharus gurrmul HORNER 2007
Cryptoblepharus litoralis — HORNER 1984: 7
Cryptoblepharus horneri WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 27 (in part)
Cryptoblepharus gurrmul — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: New Year Island, Northern Territory, Australia, 10°55’S 133°02’E.  
TypesHolotype: NTM R10900, adult male, coll. P. Horner, 1400 hours, 14 October 1982. Active amongst beach debris (driftwood and broken coral boulders). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized (40–44 mm SVL), long-legged, shallow-headed, littoral Cryptoblepharus, distinguished from Australian congeners by combination of presence of postnasal scale; modal values of five supraciliary scales, 28 mid-body scale rows, 55 paravertebral scales, seven palmar, seven plantar scales, and maximum snout-vent length of 44.3 mm.
CommentSympatry: Occurs in sympatry with C. cygnatus and C. litoralis horneri on New Year Island, Northern Territory. 
EtymologyFrom the Margu Aboriginal language, Gurrmul being the name given to New Year Island, the type locality. Used as a noun in apposition. 
  • 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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