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Tumbunascincus luteilateralis (COVACEVICH & MCDONALD, 1980)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Orange-speckled Forest-skink 
SynonymSphenomorphus luteilateralis COVACEVICH & MCDONALD 1980
Sphenomorphus luteilateralis — COGGER 1983
Concinnia luteilateralis — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1983
Eulamprus luteilateralis — FRANK & RAMUS 1995
Eulamprus luteilateralis — COGGER 2000: 485
Eulamprus luteilateralis — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Tumbunascincus luteilateralis — SKINNER et al. 2013
Concinnia luteilateralis — COGGER 2014: 453, 978 
DistributionAustralia (CE Queensland)

Type locality: Eungella National Park, in 21° OYS, 148° 35’ E, Qld.  
TypesHolotype: QM J31685 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Australian Sphenomorphus group scincids possessing the following combination of derived character states: third pair of enlarged chin scales separated by 5 (instead of 3) scale rows, visceral fat bodies absent, postmental contacts a single infralabial, lateral surfaces between forelimb and hind limb bright orange with small white spots (see Covacevich and McDonald, 1980). 
CommentType species: Sphenomorphus luteilateralis COVACEVICH & MCDONALD 1980 is the type species of the genus Tumbunascincus SKINNER et al. 2013.

Phylogenetics: see Singhal et al. 2017 and 2018 for a phylogeny of Australian sphenomorphine skinks.

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyEtymology (genus): The name refers to the Tumbunan zoogeographic division, which includes (among other regional faunas) the sub-tropical rainforest fauna of the Eungella Plateau in mid-eastern Queensland (see Schodde, 2006). 
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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
  • Covacevich J; McDonald K R 1980. Two new species of skinks from mid-eastern Queensland rain forest. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 20(1): 95-101
  • Singhal, Sonal; Huateng Huang, Maggie R. Grundler, María R. Marchán-Rivadeneira, Iris Holmes, Pascal O. Title, Stephen C. Donnellan, and Daniel L. Rabosky 2018. Does Population Structure Predict the Rate of Speciation? A Comparative Test across Australia’s Most Diverse Vertebrate Radiation. The American Naturalist - get paper here
  • Skinner, Adam; Mark N. Hutchinson, Michael S.Y. Lee 2013. Phylogeny and Divergence Times of Australian Sphenomorphus Group Skinks (Scincidae, Squamata). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69 (3): 906–918 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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