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Cryptoblepharus ustulatus HORNER, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Russet snake-eyed skink 
SynonymCryptoblepharus ustulatus HORNER 2007: 121
Cryptoblepharus ustulatus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: 30 km east of Newman, Western Australia, 23°19’S 120°02’E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R125492, adult female, (Tissue sample No. ABTC R125492), 16 August 1995. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized (40–44 mm SVL), longlegged, very shallow-headed, saxicoline Cryptoblepharus, distinguished from Australian congeners by combination of modal values of five supraciliary scales, 22 mid-body scale rows, 46 paravertebral scales, 18 smooth fourth toe subdigital lamellae, 9 palmar and 11 plantar scales; mean values of 35.2 mm snout-vent length, hindlimb length 44.3% of snout-vent length and head depth of 34.7% of head length; rounded, plain plantar scales; obscure, pale dorsolateral stripes, and reddish, longitudinally aligned body pattern. 
CommentSympatry. Sympatric with C. buchananii at Weeli Wooli Spring and on the Burrup Peninsula. 
EtymologyFrom the Latin adjective ustulatus, meaning russet-backed; in reference to the broad, russet coloured vertebral zone, characteristic of this taxon. 
  • 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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