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Lygisaurus sesbrauna INGRAM & COVACEVICH, 1988

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Eastern Cape Litter-skink 
SynonymLygisaurus sesbrauna INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1988
Lygisaurus sesbrauna — COGGER 2000: 540
Carlia sesbrauna — STUART -FOX et al. 2002
Lygisaurus sesbrauna — DOLMAN & HUGALL 2008 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Lake Boronto, Cape York Peninsula, N Queensland (10°46' S, 142°34' E).  
TypesHolotype: QM J24664 Paratypes: R21332 78 mi. S Coen, Qld (P–H.R. Bustard, 11.viii.1963); R40950 6mi. SW Somerset, Blackwater Lagoon, Qld (University of New England, 29.viii.1972); R40952–53 3mi. N Iron Range, Qld (University Of New England, 7.ix.1972); R56062 Somerset, Qld (Cameron, Cogger & Webber, 8.vii.1976); R56168 Somerset, Qld (Cameron, Cogger & Webber, 11.vii.1976). R40952–53 listed twice by Ingram & Covacevich, once with locality above, once (erroneously) with locality as for R40950. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized (maximum SV length 34 mm) Lygisaurus sharing several characters with L. laevis, L. tanneri and L. macfarlani (see Table 1 for summary of differences). It is most easily confused with L. laevis. For differences, see diagnosis of L. laevis (Ingram and Covacevich, 1988: 346). 
EtymologyNamed for Ses Brauna who generously assisted G.I. with field work on Murray Island. 
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