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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Checker-sided Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus mimetes STORR 1969: 103
Ctenotus mimetes — COGGER 1983: 149
Ctenotus mimetes — COGGER 2000: 435
Ctenotus mimetes — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: 12 mi E of Paynes Find, in 29° 13’ S, 117'5 YE, W. A.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R17991 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A member of the leonhardii group with long tail and legs, no vertebral stripe, well-developed white midlateral stripe, black latero dorsal stripe narrow and not enclosing spots, and upper lateral zone consisting of alternating rectangular blotches of black and rufous (Storr 1974).

Description. Snout-vent length (mm): 33-77 (63.3). Length of appendages (% SVL): tail 212-246 (228); foreleg 22-30 (25.2); hindleg 45-57 (51.3). Nasals separated. Prefrontals forming median suture. Supraoculars 4, first 3 in contact with frontal. Supraciliaries 7. Palpebrals 10-14 (12.2). Second loreal 1.0-1.3 (1.23) times as wide as high. Upper labials 8. Ear lobules 3-5 (4.0). Nuchals 3 or 4 (3.2). Midbody scale rows 26-28 (27.3). Lamellae under fourth toe 23-28 (26.2), each compressed and bearing a dark obtuse keel or narrow callus (Storr 1974). 
CommentLimb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
References
  • 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
  • King M; Horner P; Fyfe G 1988. A new species of Ctenotus (Reptilia: Scincidae) from central Australia, and a key to the Ctenotus leonhardii species group. The Beagle 5 (1) : 147-153
  • 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 1969. The genus Ctenotus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in the Eastern Division of Western Australia. J. Royal Soc. Western Australia 51: 97-109
  • Storr G M 1978. Taxonomic notes on the reptiles of the Shark Bay region, Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 6 (3): 303-318 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1974. The genus Ctenotus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in the South-west and Eucla Divisions of Western Australia. J R. Soc. West. Aust. 56: 86-93 [1973]
  • Storr, G. M., Smith, L. A. & Johnstone, R. E. 1981. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Perth: University of Western Australia Press and Western Australian Museum, 200 pp.
  • Storr, G. M.; L. A. Smith, and R. E. Johnstone 1999. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Revised Edition. Western Australian Museum
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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