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Cryptoblepharus ochrus HORNER, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Pale snake-eyed skink 
SynonymCryptoblepharus ochrus HORNER 2007
Cryptoblepharus ochrus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (South Australia)

Type locality: Coward Springs Siding, South Australia, 29°24’S 136°49’E.  
TypesHolotype: NTM R22025, adult female, (Tissue sample No. ABTC YO6), coll. P. Horner, 17 December 1995. Shrubland, on outhouses and Casuarina trees, 1800 hours. 
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, 50 paravertebral scales, 20 fourth toe subdigital lamellae and 13 lenticular scale organs; mean values of 39.0 mm snout-vent length, head depth 39.2% of head length, forelimb length 34.1% of snout-vent length, hindlimb length 42.5% of snout-vent length; weakly keeled fourth toe subdigital lamellae; pale, acute plantar scales; usually 3+3 posttemporal scales, and narrow, pale dorsolateral stripes.
CommentSympatry. Sympatric with C. australis and C. pannosus at 1.5 km northeast of Clifton Hills Outstation, South Australia. 
EtymologyFrom the Greek adjective ochrus, meaning pale; in reference to the pale pigmentation and obscure body pattern of samples from the type locality. 
  • 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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