A new species of Glaphyromorphus (Reptilia : Scincidae) from Mt Elliot, north-eastern Queensland

Hoskin, C. J. and Couper, P. J. (2004) A new species of Glaphyromorphus (Reptilia : Scincidae) from Mt Elliot, north-eastern Queensland. Australian Journal of Zoology, 52 2: 183-190. doi:10.1071/ZO03035


Author Hoskin, C. J.
Couper, P. J.
Title A new species of Glaphyromorphus (Reptilia : Scincidae) from Mt Elliot, north-eastern Queensland
Journal name Australian Journal of Zoology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-959X
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/ZO03035
Volume 52
Issue 2
Start page 183
End page 190
Total pages 8
Editor D. McGlashan
Place of publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO Pubishing
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
270501 Animal Systematics, Taxonomy and Phylogeny
780105 Biological sciences
770606 Remnant vegetation and protected conservation areas
770603 Living resources (flora and fauna)
Abstract Glaphyromorphus clandestinus, sp. nov., is described from granite-slab habitat on Mt Elliot, north-eastern Queensland. This species can be distinguished from its congeners by a combination of the following characters: large size (SVL 72 mm), adpressed limbs of adult separated by noticeably more than the length of the forelimb, 26 mid-body scale rows, and flanks patterned with dark flecks forming a series of longitudinal lines. The distribution, habitat preferences and habits of this species are poorly known. Currently G. clandestinus is known from a single locality where individuals have been found in an exposed area of exfoliating granite, set in a mosaic of rainforest and eucalyptus woodland. The discovery of this species brings to three the number of vertebrate species known to be endemic to Mt Elliot and highlights the evolutionary significance of this southerly outlier to the mountainous rainforest of the Wet Tropics.
Keyword Zoology
Phylogeny
Q-Index Code C1

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