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Ctenotus burbidgei STORR, 1975

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Plain-backed Kimberley Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus mastigura burbidgei STORR 1975: 229
Ctenotus mastigura — COGGER 1983
Minervascincus burbidgei — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Ctenotus mastigura burbidgei — COGGER 2000: 434
Ctenotus burbidgei — COGGER 2000: 751
Ctenotus burbidgei — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: NW Kimberley region)

Type locality: Augustus Is., in 15° 20’ S, 124° 35’ E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R41296 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “A member of the essingtonii group with four supraoculars, callose lamellae, and vertebral stripe faint or absent.” (Storr 1975: 229)

Description: “Snout-vent length (mm): 34-58 (50.0). Length of appendages (% SVL): foreleg 23-29 (26.2); hindleg 43-53 (47.7), tail 238-297 (265).
Nasals narrowly, separated or in very short contact. Prefrontals usually in contact. Supraoculars 4, first 3 in contact with frontal. Supraciliaries 9 or 10 (9.5), third (occasionally fourth) to peuultimate much smaller than others. Palpebrals 10-13 (10.9). Second loreal 1.0-1.5 (1.28) times as wide as high. Upper labials 8. Ear lobules 4-6 (5.0), obtuse or subacute, second or third usually largest (never first). Nuchals 2-6 (3.5). Midbody scale rows 27-34 (31.5). Lamellae under fourth toe 22-31 (24.5), compressed, each with a narrow or wide callus.
Dorsally yellowish brown, olive brown, or olive grey. Usually no trace of vertebral stripe. Narrow white dorsolateral stripe, narrowly edged above with black. Upper lateral zone greyish brown with or without a series of pale circular or squarish spots. Pale midlateral stripe narrow or indistinct.” (Storr 1975: 229) 
CommentLimb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • 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
  • Prates, I., Hutchinson, M. N., Singhal, S., Moritz, C., & Rabosky, D. L. 2023. Notes from the taxonomic disaster zone: Evolutionary drivers of intractable species boundaries in an Australian lizard clade (Scincidae: Ctenotus). Molecular Ecology, 00, 1–25
  • 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. 1975. The genus Ctenotus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in the Kimberley and North-west Divisions of Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 3: 209-243 - 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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