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Cryptoblepharus zoticus HORNER, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Agile snake-eyed skink 
SynonymCryptoblepharus zoticus HORNER 2007: 129
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — STORR 1976
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — WILSON & KNOWLES 1988: 119
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — COVACEVICH & COUPER 1991: 357
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — HORNER 1991: 17
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — EJHMAN 1992: 182
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — COGGER 2000: 405
Cryptoblepharus megastictus — WILSON & SWAN 2003: 148
Cryptoblepharus zoticus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: 10 km south-east of Hells Gate Roadhouse, Queensland, Australia, 17°31’42”S 138°23’45”E.  
TypesHolotype: QM J87819 (previously NTM R25845), adult male, (Tissue sample No. ABTC EQ1). coll. P. Horner and S. Gregg, 18 May 2000. On small outlier of sandstone rock outcrop. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small (<40 mm SVL), short-legged, very shallow-headed, saxicoline Cryptoblepharus, distinguished from Australian congeners by combination of modal values of five supraciliary scales, 24 mid-body scale rows, 45 paravertebral scales, 19 smooth fourth toe subdigital lamellae, 8 palmar and 10 plantar scales; mean values of 33.4 mm snout-vent length, forelimb length 35.0% of snout-vent length; hindlimb length 42.2% of snout-vent length and head depth of 32.5% of head length; rounded, plain plantar scales, and reddish, irregularly speckled body pattern. 
CommentSympatry. Cryptoblepharus zoticus occurs in sympatry with C. australis and C. metallicus. Sympatric with: C. australis at Mary Kathleen, Queensland, and with C. metallicus at Century Project site, Lawn Hill Station, Queensland and 10 km south-east of Hells Gate Roadhouse, Queensland. 
EtymologyFrom the Greek adjective zoticus, meaning lively; in reference to the perkiness 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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