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Proablepharus reginae (GLAUERT, 1960)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Western Soil-crevice Skink 
SynonymAblepharus reginae GLAUERT 1960: 119
Proablepharus reginae — FUHN 1969
Proablepharus reginae — GREER 1974: 18
Proablepharus reginae — COGGER 1983: 182
Proablepharus reginae — COGGER 2000: 557
Proablepharus reginae — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Proablepharus reginae — COUPER et al. 2018 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: Queen Victoria Spring, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R13300 (sometimes cited as WAM R3300) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): pentadactyle; no supranasals; frontoparietals paired; interparietal present. (after Fuhn 1969, cited in Couper et al. 2018).

Greer (1974) diagnosed Proablepharus as: ‘Small (snout-vent length 45 mm or less), terrestrial skinks which lack supranasals, possess an ablepharine eye and have the interparietal distinct from the frontoparietal(s). Frontoparietals distinct (reginae) or fused (kinghorni and davisi); frontal in contact with 2 of 4 supraoculars (reginae and kinghorni) or 1 of 3 supraoculars (davisi).’ (cited in Couper et al. 2018). 
CommentType Species: Ablepharus reginae is the type species of the genus Proablepharus FUHN 1969. 
EtymologyNamed after a location in Australia, Queen Victoria Spring, rather than directly after the British monarch. 
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  • Beranek, C., Mahony, S., & Scott, S. 2021. A significant range extension for the Western Soil-Crevice Skink Proablepharus reginae (Glauert 1960) and an updated reptile species list of Cape Range, Western Australia. Australian Zoologist - get paper here
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  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • 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, Sally Potter, Jason G. Braggand Craig Moritz. 2018. A New Genus to Accommodate Three Skinks Currently Assigned to Proablepharus (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 60; 227-231. - get paper here
  • Fuhn, I. 1969. The 'polyphyletic' origin of the genus Ablepharus (Reptilia: Scincidae): a case of parallel evolution. Z. Sool. Syst. Evolutionsf. 7: 67-76 - get paper here
  • Fuhn, I. E. 1969. Revision and redefinition of the genus Ablepharus Lichtenstein 1823 (Reptilia, Scincidae). Revue Roum. Biol. -Zool. 14: 23-41.
  • Glauert, L. 1960. Herpetological miscellanea. XII. The family Scincidae in Western Australia. Pt. 3. The genus Ablepharus. Western Australian Naturalist 7: 115-122 - get paper here
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  • Storr, G. M. 1975. The genus Proablepharus (Scincidae: Lacertilia) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 3: 335-338 - get paper here
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