Ctenotus colletti (BOULENGER, 1896)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ctenotus colletti?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Collett’s Skink, Buff-tailed Finesnout Ctenotus|
|Synonym||Lygosoma colletti BOULENGER 1896: 234|
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) colletti — GLAUERT 1960
Ctenotus colletti colletti — STORR 1975: 240
Ctenotus colletti — COGGER 1983: 145
Ctenotus colletti — COGGER 2000: 420
Ctenotus colletti — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (Northern Territory,Western Australia)|
Type locality: Roebuck Bay, W. A.
|Types||Holotype: ZMUO (also as UZMO, Oslo) K2008|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: “A small brown-tailed member of the colletti group with 12 pale stripes on a dark ground. Further distinguishable from C. calurus by absence of enlarged plantars and of black markings under toes and tail.” (Storr 1975: 240).|
Description: “Snout-vent length (mm): 33-42 (37.1). Length of appendages (% SVL): foreleg 24-27, hindleg 40-45, tail 162-213.
Nasals forming median suture. Prefrontals separated. Supraoculars 4, first 3 in contact with frontal. Supraciliaries 6. Palpebrals 9-10. Second loreal 1.3-1.6 times a"s wide as high. Upper labials 7. Ear lobules 2, first much the larger and very obtuse. Nuchals 3 or 4. Midbody scale rows 26-27. Lamellae under fourth toe 24-25, each with a fine weak keel.
Back and sides dark brown with -following brownish white stripes on each side: a narrow paravertebral and moderately narrow dorsolateral and between them two narrow dorsal; a moderately wide midlateral and ventrolateral. Head pale brown marked with dark brown, including a median streak on frontal. Legs pale brown longitudinally striped with dark brown.” (Storr 1975: 240).
|Comment||Ctenotus colletti nasutus STORR 1969 and Ctenotus colletti rufescens STORR 1979 have been raised to species status by STORR 1990.|
Abundance: quite common, with more than 400 specimens collected (Pianka 2011)
Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014)
|Etymology||Named after Dr. Robert Collett (1842-1913), a Norwegian zoologist and ichthyologist who worked at Christiania (Oslo) Museum (1871-1913) and was Professor of Zoology at the university from 1884.|