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Ctenotus arcanus CZECHURA & WOMBEY, 1982

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Arcane Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus arcanus CZECHURA & WOMBEY 1982
Minervascincus arcanus — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Ctenotus arcanus — COGGER 2000: 413
Ctenotus arcanus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland, New South Wales)

Type locality: Coonoon Gibber Creek, Conondale Range, Qld.  
TypesHolotype: QM J36925, (D Milton, ix-x.1978) 
CommentLimb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
Etymology“The name is taken from the Latin arcanus, meaning hidden. This refers to the long confusion of this taxon with C. robustus and C. taeniolatus” (Czechura & Wombey, 1982). (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
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  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Couper, P. J.; Amey, A. P.; Kutt, A. S. 2002. A new species of Ctenotus (Scincidae) from central Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 48(1):85-92 - get paper here
  • Couper, P., Covacevich, J., Amey, A. & Baker, A. 2006. The genera of skinks (Family Scincidae) of Australia and its island territories: diversity, distribution and identification. in: Merrick, J.R., Archer, M., Hickey, G.M. & Lee, M.S.Y. (eds.). Evolution and Zoogeography of Australasian Vertebrates. Australian Scientific Publishing, Sydney, pp. 367-384
  • Czechura G V; Wombey J 1982. Three new striped skinks, (Ctenotus, Lacertilia, Scinidae) from Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 20 (3): 639-645 - get paper here
  • Murphy, Michael J. 1998. First record of the scincid lizard Ctenotus arcanus from New South Wales. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 28 (1): 22-24.
  • Singhal, Sonal; Huateng Huang, Maggie R. Grundler, María R. Marchán-Rivadeneira, Iris Holmes, Pascal O. Title, Stephen C. Donnellan, and Daniel L. Rabosky 2018. Does Population Structure Predict the Rate of Speciation? A Comparative Test across Australia’s Most Diverse Vertebrate Radiation. The American Naturalist - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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