Abstract

The genus Anomalopus, as currently recognized, harbours many of the reduce-limbed and limbless skinks of eastern Australia. In this paper the genus is argued to be polyphyletic and, on the basis of shared derived character states, is subdivided into three genera, one with two subgenera. The taxa are: Anomalopus (Anomalopus) mackayi n. sp., A.(A.) verreauxii Duméril & Duméril, 1851 and A. (A.) leuckartii Weinland, 1862; Anomalopus (Vermiseps) swansoni n. subgen., n. sp., A.(V.) pluto Ingram, 1977, A.(V.) gowi n. sp. and A.(V.) brevicollis n. sp.; Ophioscincus truncatus Peters, 1876, O. ophioscincus Peters, 1873 and O. cooloolensis n. sp.; Coeranoscincus reticulatus Günther, 1873 and C. frontalis De Vis, 1888. Data on distribution, habitats, habits and mode of reproduction are given for all taxa as available, and inter- and intrageneric relationships are discussed. Morphological trends within each genus or subgenus are discussed. Keys are provided to the genera of reduce-limbed skinks of Australia and the limbless lygosomines of the world.

 
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Short Form
Greer and Cogger, 1985, Rec. Aust. Mus. 37(1): 11–54
Author
Allen E. Greer; Harold G. Cogger
Year
1985
Title
Systematics of the reduce-limbed and limbless skinks currently assigned to the genus Anomalopus (Lacertilia: Scincidae)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
37
Issue
1
Start Page
11
End Page
54
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.37.1985.334
Language
English
Date Published
01 August 1985
Cover Date
01 August 1985
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
REPTILIA; TAXONOMY
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Available Online
02 March 2009
Reference Number
334
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