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Pygopus nigriceps (FISCHER, 1882)

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Western Scaly-foot, Black-headed Scaly Foot, Hooded Scaly-foot
G: Westlicher Flossenfuß 
SynonymCryptodelma nigriceps FISCHER 1882
Cryptodelma nigriceps — BOULENGER 1885: 242
Delma (Cryptodelma) bailey GÜNTHER 1897: 170
Pygopus nigriceps — KINGHORN 1924
Pygopus baileyi — KINGHORN 1924
Pygopus baileyi — GLAUERT 1960
Pygopus nigriceps — KLUGE 1974: 153
Pygopus territorianus WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 16
Pygopus nigriceps — KLUGE 1993
Pygopus nigriceps — RÖSLER 1995: 91
Pygopus nigriceps — COGGER 2000: 298
Pygopus nigriceps — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia), sandy deserts of Central and Western Australian.

Type locality: Nicol Bay, Western Australia. Neotype locality: Yule River, WA (20° 40’ S, 118° 21’ E).  
TypesNeotype: WAM R102063, designated by James et al 2001. The holotype, SMNS = KNS 2259 was considered lost fide Schlüter & Hallermann 1997 but still extant fide A. Kupfer, pers. comm., 27 March 2019.
Holotype: BMNH (lost fide KLUGE 1974) [baileyi]
Holotype: AMS [territorianus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis in James et al. 2001: 47 
CommentSynonymy: after JAMES et al. 2001 (who also resurrected P. schraderi from the synonymy of P. nigriceps).

Subspecies: Pygopus nigriceps schraderi BOULENGER 1913 is now treated as valid species.

Limb morphology: Limbless. 
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