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Morethia ruficauda (LUCAS & FROST, 1895)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesMorethia ruficauda ruficauda (LUCAS & FROST 1895)
Morethia ruficauda exquisita STORR 1972 
Common NamesE: Lined Firetail Skink 
SynonymAblepharus lineoocellatus ruficaudus LUCAS & FROST 1895: 269
Morethia taeniopleura exquisita STORR 1972
Morethia ruficauda — COGGER 1983: 181
Morethia ruficauda — COGGER 2000: 548
Morethia ruficauda — WILSON & SWAN 2010

Morethia ruficauda exquisita STORR 1972
Morethia ruficauda exquisita — STORR et al. 1999 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia)

ruficauda: C/N/NW Australia; Type locality: Goyder River or Bagot's Lagoon, Central Australia, N. T. (by lectotype designation).
exquisita: mid-western Western Australia.  
TypesLectotype: NMV D11757, designated by Coventry (1970).
Holotype: WAM R37709, from Tambrey, 21° 37’ S, 117'3 6’ E, W. A. [exquisita] 
CommentSynonymy after GREER 1980. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “rufus” = red and “cauda” = tail. 
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  • Lucas, A. H. S., and C. Frost. 1895. Preliminary notice of certain new species of lizards from central Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 7: 264-269 - get paper here
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