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Ctenotus rhabdotus RABOSKY & DOUGHTY, 2017

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Kimberley Lined Ctenotus 
SynonymCtenotus rhabdotus RABOSKY & DOUGHTY in RABOSKY et al. 2017
Ctenotus rhabdotus — SINGHAL et al. 2022 
DistributionAustralia (WA: southern Kimberley, N Tanami Desert, Northern Territory: Victoria River region)

Type locality: Tanami Desert, WA (19°34'47"S, 128°51'53"E)  
TypesHolotype: WAM R157440, female, collected by R.J. Teale et al. (Biota Environmental Sciences) on 3 October 2004. Paratypes. WAM R110581, female, location as for holotype; WAM R119711, female, WAM R119717, subadult, Emma Gorge, Cockburn Range, WA (15°50'S, 128°02'E); WAM R157412, male, location as for holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small-bodied (to 61 mm SVL), elongate Ctenotus, nasals in contact, prefrontals usually separated, 26 or 28 mid-body scale rows, 21–26 compressed rounded lamellae under toes with broad callus, from 7–9 (usually eight) supralabials and supraciliary scales; pattern simple and full including six (occasionally eight) pale narrow longitudinal stripes on a blackish-brown dorsum, dorsal stripes not continuing on head to snout, tail not red or blue, pale lateral stripe only slightly wider than pale paravertebral and dorsolateral stripes, absence of upper lateral row of spots, dark vertebral stripe continues anteriorly to parietals, parietals with pale irregular blotching, pale dorsolateral stripes continue anteriorly to eye, pale paravertebral stripes join on tail at or posterior to level of heel of extended hind limb, lower labial scales variably stippled. 
CommentHabitat. Collection notes with specimens indicate occurrence on sandy plains to clay on limestone to rocky outcrops with spinifex cover, and also including eucalyptus (e.g. Eucalpytus collina) and acacia in open tropical woodlands.

Sympatry: C. piankai (near Wolfe Creek meteor crater and perhaps elsewhere along the margin of the southern Kimberley)

Distribution: see map in Singhal et al. 2022: Fig. 2. 
EtymologyThe specific name rhabdotus is derived from the Greek rhabdos for lined, in reference to the long thin pale lines on a dark background color in this species.  
  • RABOSKY, DANIEL L.; PAUL DOUGHTY, HUATENG HUANG 2017. Lizards in pinstripes: morphological and genomic evidence for two new species of scincid lizards within Ctenotus piankai Storr and C. duricola Storr (Reptilia: Scincidae) in the Australian arid zone. Zootaxa 4303 (1): 001–026 - get paper here
  • Singhal, S., Solis, E., & Rabosky, D. L. 2022. World Heritage lizard: population genetics and species status of the range-restricted Hamelin skink, Ctenotus zastictus. Bulletin of the Society of Systematic Biologists, 1(2) - get paper here
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