Eremiascincus intermedius (STERNFELD, 1919)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Northern Narrow–banded Skink|
G: Nordaustralischer Streifenskink
|Synonym||Lygosma [sic] (Hinulia) fasciolatum intermedium STERNFELD 1919: 81|
Sphenomorphus fasciolatus fasciolatus — STORR 1967: 15–16 (part.)
Sphenomorphus fasciolatus intermedius — MERTENS 1967: 74
Sphenomorphus fasciolatus — STORR 1974: 68–70 (part.)
Eremiascincus fasciolatus — GREER 1979: 323 (part.)
Eremiascincus fasciolatus — COGGER et al., 1983: 163 (part.)
Eremiascincus fasciolatus — COGGER 2000: 477
Eremiascincus intermedius — MECKE et al. 2013
|Distribution||Australia (Northern Territory, adjacent Western Australia)|
Type locality: Hermannsburg Mission, upper Finke River, N. T.
|Reproduction||oviparous (Mecke et al. 2016)|
|Types||Lectotype: SMF 14446 (= 6236a in Mertens, 1922); Paralectotypes: SMF 14447–50 (unsexed adults), and SMF 144451 (juvenile); MCZ 33530 is evidently from Sternfeld’s original symphoront series and marked as ‘cotype’ (equivalent of a ‘syntype’) in Loveridge (1934) and hence a paralectotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A medium-sized (snout-vent length up to 88.5 mm), slender, narrow-banded Eremiascincus usually having 7 undivided supralabial scales; a single infralabial in broad contact with the postmental scale (rarely 2); scales on top of the fourth toe in single rows with transverse sutures for at least distal third of digit; 20–29 subdigital lamellae under fourth toe, deeply grooved (usually for more than half of digit), basally divided, often bluntly keeled or callused, keels ending in a mucro; plantar scales 10–17, slightly raised; 30–36 scales ordered around midbody; head small and snout somewhat depressed; ear opening small and subcircular; dorsum with keels posteriorly and tail with ridged scales; coloration pattern comprises a banded dorsum (type b) with 6–16 narrow bands between neck and attachment of hind limbs and up to 42 perfectly transverse dark bands (type b) on the tail [MECKE et al. 2013]|
|Comment||Synonymy partly after COGGER 1983 and MECKE et al. 2013. MECKE et al. 2013 removed Eremiascincus intermedius from the synonymy of E. fasciolatus. Not listed by COGGER 2014.|
Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014)
|Etymology||The specific name ‘intermedius’ is Latin for ‘intermediate’. The name was proposed by Sternfeld in allusion to the intermediate morphological and geographical position of this species, supposedly linking ‘fasciolatus’ in the east with ‘monotropis’ (= E. richardsonii) in the west.|
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