Lygisaurus tanneri INGRAM & COVACEVICH, 1988
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lygisaurus tanneri?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Endeavour River Litter-skink|
|Synonym||Lygisaurus tanneri INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1988|
Lygisaurus tanneri — COGGER 2000: 540
Carlia tanneri — STUART -FOX et al. 2002
Lygisaurus tanneri — DOLMAN & HUGALL 2008
Type locality: Morgan River crossing, near Hopevale Community, Qld.
|Types||Holotype: QM J32352, collected G.J. Ingram, 12.vii.1976.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A large (maximum SV 37), robust, species of Lygisaurus sharing several characters with L. laevis, L. rococo, and L. macfarlani. See Table 1, for summary of characters useful in dis tinguishing these four species. L. tanneri is most similar to L. macfarlani from which it is dis tinguished by ear lobules (none, or flat, low lobules in L. tanneri vs 1 — several large blunt lobules in L. macfarlani) and by supralabials (7, occasionally 6; with 5th, occasionally 4th, enter ing eye vs 6, occasionally 7; with 4th, occasionally 5th, entering eye) (Ingram and Covacevich, 1988: 348).|
Similar species: L. macfarlani; L. tanneri may also be confused with L. curtus, of New Guinea, but the former lacks the dark nostril to ear line and white stripe from angle of the jaw to ear of L. curtus (Ingram and Covacevich, 1988: 348).
|Etymology||named after Charles Tanner (1911-1996), Australian herpetologist specializing in snake venom.|