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Morethia butleri (STORR, 1963)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Woodland Morethia Skink 
SynonymAblepharus butleri STORR 1963
Ablepharus butleri — PIANKA 1969
Morethia butleri — GREER 1974: 21
Morethia butleri — COGGER 1983: 180
Morethia butleri — COGGER 2000: 547
Morethia butleri — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (South Australia,Western Australia)

Type locality: 4 mi E of Leonora, 28°52’ S, 121° 23’ E, W.A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R20615 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. William Henry "Harry" Butler (b. 1930) who trained as a teacher but worked as a consultant and collector (1963), undertaking a major study of Western Australian fauna. He also presented the popular ABC television series In the Wild (1976). 
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