Ctenotus xenopleura STORR, 1981
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ctenotus xenopleura?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Wide-striped Ctenotus|
|Synonym||Ctenotus xenopleura STORR 1981: 135|
Ctenotus xenopleura — COGGER 2000: 450
Ctenotus xenopleura — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia)|
Type locality: 15 km NE Bungalbin Hill, in 30° 17’ S, 119° 44’ E, W. A.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R72212|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: “A small member of the C. atlas group with 10 pale stripes on a black ground and upper lateral zone spotted. Most like C. alacer Storr of east Kimberley and Central Australia, but smaller and having fewer upper labials, midbody scale rows and subdigital lamellae.” (Storr 1981)|
Description: “Snout-vent length (mm): 27-49 (N 24, mean 38.4). Length of appendages (% SVL): foreleg 26-33 (N 24, mean 29.6), hindleg 43-51 (N 24, mean 45.8), tail 145-195 (N 12, mean 171.8). Nasals separated (usually narrowly). Prefrontals narrowly separated or in contact (usually short). Supraoculars 4, first 3 in contact with frontal. Supra-ciliaries 6 (N 1) or 7 (23), fourth to penultimate considerably smaller than others. Upper ciliaries 7-11 (N 23, mean 8.7). Second loreal1.1-1.8 times as wide as high (N 22, mean 1.50). Presuboculars 1 (N 2) or 2 (22). Upper labials 6-8 (7 except in 2 specimens). Ear lobules 2-6 (N 23, mean 4.6), obtuse or subacute. Nuchals 2-4 (N 22, mean 2.9). Midbody scale rows 26-30 (N 24, mean 27.6). Lamellae under fourth toe 20-26 (N 24, mean 22.9), each with a weak obtuse keel.” (Storr 1981)
Coloration: “Head pale brown, pale olive or brownish-white, spotted (sparsely towards snout) with blackish-brown; narrow black stripe through lore. Back and sides black, marked with white (pale coppery in life) as follows: on each side a narrow paravertebral, dorsal and dorsolatelal stripe, 1 (occasionally 2) upper lateral series of small, usually elongate spots, a wide midlateral (which passes over top of ear aperture) and ventrolateral stripe; white stripes suffused with brown on nape and foreback. Tail brownish-white (pale coppery in life) with some indication (especially anteriorly) of dark hollow vertebral, laterodorsal and upper lateral stripes. Upper surface of limbs brownish-white (pale coppery-brown in life) with 3 black stripes.” (Storr 1981)
|Comment||Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014)|
|Etymology||Named after Greek for 'strange-sided', in allusion to the pale upper lateral spots, rare in the C. atlas group.|