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Lygisaurus rimula (INGRAM & COVACEVICH, 1980)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Crevice Rainbow-skink 
SynonymCarlia rimula INGRAM & COVACEVICH in BAILEY & STEVENS 1980
Carlia rimula — COGGER 1983: 140
Carlia rimula — INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1989
Carlia rimula — COGGER 2000: 396
Carlia rimula — DOLMAN & HUGALL 2008
Lygisaurus rimula — BRAGG et al. 2018 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: second Claudie River crossing, Iron Range road, via Coen, in 12° 44’ S, 143'13’ E, NE Qld.  
TypesHolotype: QM J24603; paratypes: QM, AMS 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small, short-legged, rock-dwelling Carlia distinguished from all members of this genus except C. scirtetis and C. coensis, in having smoothly curved posterior edges to the mid-dorsal scales, weakly quadricarinate (occasionally with five carinations) dorsal scales; carinations composed of 2-5 small points. For features which distinguish C. rimula from C. scirtetis see diagnosis for the latter species. C. rimula may be distinguished from C. coensis by mid-body scale count (26-30 vs 36-45), colour and pattern (dark brown with gold/silver dorsolateral lines and a midlateralline vs almost black with striking, irregular and broken, gold, dorsolateral, vertebral and midlaterallines), in having short limbs, and in being dorsoventrally depressed (from Ingram & Covacevich 1980: 46). 
CommentCarlia rimula is nested within Lygisaurus, with L. parrhasius as sister species, in a comprehensive genetic analysis of 1384 exon sequences (Bragg et al. 2018) 
  • Bragg, J. G., Potter, S., Afonso Silva, A. C., Hoskin, C. J., Bai, B. Y. H., & Moritz, C. 2018. Phylogenomics of a rapid radiation: the Australian rainbow skinks. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 18(1), 15 - 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
  • 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
  • Ingram G; Covacevich J 1989. Revision of the genus Carlia (Reptilia, Scincidae) in Australia with comments on Carlia bicarinata of New Guinea. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 27 (2): 443-490 - get paper here
  • Ingram, G. J. & Covacevich, J. 1980. Two new lygosomine skinks endemic to Cape York Peninsula. In: Stevens, N. C. & Bailey, A. (eds.) Contemporary Cape York. Brisbane: Royal Society of Queensland, pp. 45-48.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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