Glaphyromorphus clandestinus HOSKIN & COUPER, 2004
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Glaphyromorphus clandestinus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Mount Elliot Mulch-skink|
|Synonym||Glaphyromorphus clandestinus HOSKIN & COUPER 2004|
Glaphyromorphus clandestinus — COUPER et al. 2006: 381
Glaphyromorphus clandestinus — SKINNER et al. 2013
|Distribution||Australia (NE Queensland)|
Type locality: granite-slab habitat on Mt Elliot, north-eastern Queensland
|Types||Holotype: QM J77554|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: This species can be distinguished from its congeners by a combination of the following characters: large size (SVL 72 mm), adpressed limbs of adult separated by noticeably more than the length of the forelimb, 26 mid-body scale rows, and flanks patterned with dark flecks forming a series of longitudinal lines. The distribution, habitat preferences and habits of this species are poorly known. Currently G. clandestinus is known from a single locality where individuals have been found in an exposed area of exfoliating granite, set in a mosaic of rainforest and eucalyptus woodland.|
|Comment||The discovery of this species brings to three the number of vertebrate species known to be endemic to Mt Elliot and highlights the evolutionary significance of this southerly outlier to the mountainous rainforest of the Wet Tropics.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014)
|Etymology||from the Latin “secret”, in reference to the secretive nature of this species.|