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Lygisaurus aeratus (GARMAN, 1901)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Large-disced Litter-skink 
SynonymLygosoma aeratum GARMAN 1901: 7
Ablepharus heteropus GARMAN 1901: 9
Lygisaurus aeratus — INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1988
Lygisaurus aeratus — COGGER 2000: 538
Carlia aeratus — STUART -FOX et al. 2002
Carlia aerata — COUPER et al. 2005
Lygisaurus aeratus — DOLMAN & HUGALL 2008 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Cooktown, Queensland  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 6476 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: L. aeratus is a large (maximum SV length 39 mm) Lygisaurus with a moveable eyelid con taining a large disc. It can be confused with L. rococo from which it may be distinguished by ear lobules (in L. aeratus, many sharp lobules vs in L. rococo, 1-5 flat lobules), supralabials (6, occasionally 5, with 4th or 5th entering the eye vs 1, with 5th which is grooved, entering the eye), and midbody scale count (19-24 vs 27-30), number of scales between chin and vent (43-54 vs 51-59). Some spirit specimens of L. aeratus can also be confused with specimens of L. foliorum (Ingram and Covacevich, 1988: 340). 
CommentApparently not listed in COGGER 1983. 
  • 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
  • Couper, Patrick J.; Jessica Worthington Wilmer; Lewis Roberts; Andrew P. Amey and George R. Zug 2005. Skinks currently assigned to Carlia aerata (Scincidae : Lygosominae) of north-eastern Queensland: a preliminary study of cryptic diversity and two new species. Australian Journal of Zoology 53 (1): 35-49 - get paper here
  • Dolman, Gaynor & Andrew F. Hugall 2008. Combined mitochondrial and nuclear data enhance resolution of a rapid radiation of Australian rainbow skinks (Scincidae: Carlia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49 (3): 782-794 - get paper here
  • Garman, S. 1901. Some reptiles and batrachians from Australasia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 39: 1-14 - get paper here
  • Ingram G; Covacevich J 1988. Revision of the genus Lygisaurus de Vis (Scincidae: Reptilia) in Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 25 (2): 335-354
  • Stuart-Fox, Devi M., Andrew F. Hugall, and Craig Moritz 2002. A molecular phylogeny of rainbow skinks (Scincidae: Carlia): taxonomic and biogeographic implications. Australian Journal of Zoology 50: 39–51 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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