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Menetia surda STORR, 1976

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesMenetia surda cresswelli APLIN & ADAMS 1998
Menetia surda surda STORR 1976 
Common NamesE: Western Dwarf Skink 
SynonymMenetia surda STORR 1976: 196
Menetia surda — COGGER 1983: 179
Menetia surda — COGGER 2000: 545
Menetia surda — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 318

Menetia surda cresswelli APLIN & ADAMS 1998
Menetia surda cresswelli — WILSON & SWAN 2013: 342 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Budjan Creek, Corunna Downs, 21° 42’ S, 119°50’E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R13249
Holotype: WAM R101249, adult male collected by M Peterson on 25/5/1987 [cresswelli] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (cresswelli): A relatively plain Menetia with a subdued pattern of 8-10 longitudinal dark lines of subequal strength and spacing. Differs from nominate M. surda in having fewer scales along paravertebral series; paravertebral scale series wider than more lateral scales along entire length of body (posterior paravertebrals not widened in surda); claws on manus and pes shorter and recurved; lacking conspicuous laterodorsal stripe; and venter with faint longitudinal lines for posterior 1/3 - 2/3 of body length (immaculate in surda). 
CommentSubspecies: Morethia surda creswelli is a morphologically distinct entity in a different part of the distribution that shows no genetic differentiation from M. surda (Glenn Shea, pers. comm., 29 July 2023). 
EtymologyFrom the Latin surdus (deaf) in allusion to the lack of an ear opening. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
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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
  • COUPER, PATRICK J.; CONRAD J. HOSKIN 2014. A new genus to accommodate three skinks currently assigned to Menetia (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Zootaxa 3884 (6): 597–599 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen E. 2001. Distribution of maximum snout-vent length among species of Scincid lizards. Journal of Herpetology 35 (3): 383-395 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1976. The genus Menetia (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 4: 189-200. - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M., Smith, L. A. & Johnstone, R. E. 1981. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Perth: University of Western Australia Press and Western Australian Museum, 200 pp.
  • 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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