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Eroticoscincus graciloides (LÖNNBERG & ANDERSSON, 1913)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Elf Skink 
SynonymLygosoma graciloides LÖNNBERG & ANDERSSON 1913: 10
Lygosoma scharfii BOULENGER 1915: 64
Anotis graciloides — GREER 1974
Nannoscincus graciloides — CZECHURA 1981
Hemiergis graciloides — COGGER 1983: 165
Eroticoscincus graciloides — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984: 92
Eroticoscincus graciloides — COGGER 2000: 479
Eroticoscincus graciloides — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Eroticoscincus graciloides — COGGER 2014: 558 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Yandina, at the foot of Blackall Range, Qld.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesLectotype: NRM (NHRM) 3097, near Yandina, Blackall Range, Qld, collected E. Mjöberg. Designated by Czechura (1981). Other syntype: MCZ 93724.
Holotype: BMNH 1915.3.30.1, from One Tree Hill, near Brisbane, Qld. [Lygosoma scharfii] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus and species): “A genus of small cryptozoic, thigmothermic, rainforest-inhabitingskinks confined to south-eastern Queensland, and distinguished by the following combination of characters: fingers four, toes five; alpha palate; moveable eylid with undivided palpebral disk; lacks prefrontals; nasals laterally placed; limbs fail to meet when adpressed; anals enlarged; loreal single; four supraoculars; labials excluded from orbital contact by suboculars; paravertebrals largest-; punctiform nasal; nasals laterally displaced by frontonasal; lacks frontonasal suture long and curved; frontal contacts first and second supraoculars; two infralabials contact mental; pair of nuchals border each parietal; one or two temporals border each parietal; two presuboculars; complete sub-ocular series; loreal single; ear opening about size of nostril, being quite small and lacking any lobules; mid-body scales 20-22 rows; sub-digital lamellae have paired callosities (12-15 under 4th toe); hemipenes unilobed with undivided sulcus that terminates apically; iris coppery bronze; oviparous.” (WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984) 
CommentType species: Lygosoma graciloides LÖNNBERG & ANDERSSON 1913: 10 is the type species of the genus Eroticoscincus WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984: 92. 
EtymologyApparently named after its gracile appearance.

The genus has been named for being and “amorous skink”, without further comment by the authors. 
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1915. Descriptions of two new lizards from Australia. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (8) 16: 64-66 - 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 1981. The rare scincid lizard, Nannoscincus graciloides: a reappraisal. Journal of Herpetology 15 (3): 315-320 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Lönnberg, E., and L. G. Andersson. 1913. Results of Dr. E. Mjöbergs Swedish Scientific Expeditions to Australia 1910-13. III. Reptiles. Kongliga Svenska Vetenskaps Akademiens Handlingar, Stockholm, 52: 1-17 - get paper here
  • Wells R W; Wellington C R 1984. A synopsis of the class Reptilia in Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology 1 (3-4): 73-129 [31 Dec 1983 on cover]
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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