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Ctenotus eurydice CZECHURA & WOMBEY, 1982

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Brown-backed Yellow-lined Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus eurydice CZECHURA & WOMBEY 1982
Ctenotus eurydice — COGGER 2000: 423
Ctenotus eurydice — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Queensland)

Type locality: Boonoo Boonoo Falls via Tenterfield, NSW  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R98372 
Diagnosis 
CommentLimb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014)

Synonymy: this is a synonym of C. taeniolatus; G. Shea (pers. comm., 5 March 2021) is unable to distinguish the two species - all of the characters proposed by Czechura & Wombey break down - they occur randomly in various combinations across the range of what are otherwise northern NSW taeniolatus. 
EtymologyNamed after Eurydice, the wife of Orpheus in Greek mythology. The describers say that "the name was arbitrarily chosen." 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • Czechura G V; Wombey J 1982. Three new striped skinks, (Ctenotus, Lacertilia, Scinidae) from Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 20 (3): 639-645
  • Shea, Glenn M; Sadlier, Ross A 1999. A catalogue of the non-fossil amphibian and reptile type specimens in the collection of the Australian Museum: types currently, previously and purportedly present. TECHNICAL REPORTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM 15, 1999: 1-91 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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