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Ctenotus brevipes STORR, 1981

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Short-footed Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus essingtonii brevipes STORR 1981
Minervascincus brevipes — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Ctenotus brevipes — HORNER 2007
Ctenotus brevipes — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Blackbull, Queensland, Australia, 17°48’S, 141°44’E [HORNER 2007]

Venture Creek, 62 km E of Croyden, in 18° 13’ S, 142'49’ E, Qld [according to other sources, COGGER 1983 ?].  
TypesHolotype: QM J39469 (formerly AM R63611), unsexed, 3 July 1977, collected by A. and P. Greer (see Shea and Sadlier 1999, for type locality correction). ParaTypes (4 specimens) – Queensland: AM R63334, Croydon, 18°12’S, 142°15’e; aMr26904, Hann river, Kennedy road, 15°11’S, 143°51’e; aMr63610, Blackbull, 17°48’S, 141°44’e; aMr70939, Muldiva, 17°21’S, 144°35’E. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. a moderately small Ctenotus (SVl to 60 mm) distinguished from congeners by having three of four supraoculars in contact with frontal, two presuboculars, frontoparietals paired, laterally compressed toes with smooth or callose subdigital lamellae, prominent pale midlateral stripe, broad dorsal zone of ground colour, vertebral stripe absent or con ined to nape, dark laterodorsal stripe obscure or absent, 24 midbody scale rows, lateral pattern of longitudinal stripes, dark upper lateral zone usually unspotted [from HORNER 2007]. 
CommentLimb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyNamed after its short [Latin: brevis] feet [Latin: pes]. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - 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
  • Horner, P. 2007. Ctenotus quirinus sp. nov. (Reptilia: Sauria: Scincidae) – a new species of skink from the Northern Territory, with the recognition of C. brevipes Storr, 1981 and C. essingtonii (Gray, 1842) as distinct species. The Beagle 23: 119-130
  • 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
  • Storr G M 1981. Ten new Ctenotus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 9 (2): 125-146 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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