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Lissolepis luctuosa (PETERS, 1866)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Western Mourning Skink, Western Glossy Swamp Skink 
SynonymCyclodus (Omolepida) luctuosus PETERS 1866: 90
Egernia lauta DE VIS 1888
Egernia luctuosa — COGGER 1983
Tiliqua luctuosa — GLAUERT 1960
Egernia luctuosa — STORR 1978: 174
Egernia luctuosa — COGGER 2000: 465
Egernia luctuosa — COUPER et al. 2006: 380
Lissolepis luctuosus — GARDNER et al. 2008 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: “King George (Südwestaustralien).  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 5380 
DiagnosisDefinition (genus Lissolepis): The clade comprising Lissolepis luctuosa (Peters, 1866), and all organisms or species that share a more recent common ancestor with Lissolepis luctuosa than with Tiliqua scincoides, Egernia cunninghami, Liopholis whitii or Bellatorias major.

Description (genus Lissolepis): A genus of Egernia Group skinks; medium-sized lizards (adult SVL 100–130 mm); head and body squarish in cross-section; dorsal scales smooth, in 20–28 rows; nasal scale with a long (coventryi) to short (luctuosa) postnarial groove; complete subocular scale row; eyes relatively small, the eyelids similarly coloured to the adjacent scales. 
CommentSynonymy after COGGER 1983.

Type Species: Cyclodus (Omolepida) luctuosus PETERS 1866 is the type species of the genus Lissolepis PETERS 1872. 
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  • 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
  • Gardner, M. G., Hugall, A. F., Donnellan, S. C., Hutchinson, M. N., and Foster, R. 2008. Molecular systematics of social skinks: phylogeny and taxonomy of the Egernia group (Reptilia: Scincidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 154 (4): 781-794 - get paper here
  • Glauert, L. 1960. Herpetological miscellanea. XII. The family Scincidae in Western Australia. Pt. 1. The genera Tiliqua, Trachysaurus and Egernia. Western Australian Naturalist 7 (3): 67-77 - get paper here
  • Peters. WILHELM C. H. 1866. Mittheilung über neue Amphibien (Amphibolurus, Lygosoma, Cyclodus, Masticophis, Crotaphopeltis) und Fische (Diagramma, Hapalogenys) des Kgl. Zoologischen Museums. Monatsber. Königl. Preuss. Akad. Wissensch. Berlin, 1866: 86-96. - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M.; L. A. Smith, and R. E. Johnstone 1999. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Revised Edition. Western Australian Museum
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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