Glaphyromorphus arnhemicus STORR, 1967
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Glaphyromorphus arnhemicus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Glaphyromorphus darwiniensis arnhemicus STORR 1967|
Opacitascincus arnhemicus — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 36
Glaphyromorphus arnhemicus — REEDER 2003
Glaphyromorphus arnhemicus — COUPER et al. 2006: 381
Glaphyromorphus crassicaudus arnhemicus — WILSON & SWAN 2013: 278
Glaphyromorphus arnhemicus — CHAPPLE et al. 2021
|Distribution||Australia (Northern Territory: Arnhem Land)|
Type locality: Yirrkala, Northern Territory, in 12°15' S, 136 52' E.
|Types||Holotype. WAM R 13513, collected by Mrs E. V. Mildenhall in 1960|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis, Small, elongate. weak-limbed, thick-tailed Sphenomorphus whose adpressed limbs fail to meet by 1-2 times length of foreleg. Distinguishable from S. australis by smaller size and ear aperture, lack of white spots on flanks, and fewer circumocular scales: and from all other races of S. crassicaudus by having more than 18 lamellae under fourth toe and frontoparietals never shorter than interparietal. Further distinguishable from S. crassicaudus in lacking sharp upper edge to darkening of flanks, from S. punctulatus (Peters) by immaculate venter and more numerous nuchals, and from S. c. darwiniensis in lacking broad dark|
vertebral stripe (Storr 1967: 18).
|Comment||Listed as a synonym of Sphenomorphus crassicaudus by COGGER 1983. G. d. arnhemicus is geographically disjunct and diagnosably different from crassicaudis, so, if darwiniensis is going to be treated as a full species, distinct from crassicaudis, arnhemicus should be treated as full species (Glenn Shea, pers. comm., March 2019).|
Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014)
|Etymology||Named after the city Darwin, Australia.|