Abstract

The Cyclodomorphus branchialis species group is defined on synapomorphies of scalation. Within this complex, five allopatric species, one with three subspecies, are recognised on morphological grounds: C. branchialis (Günther) of the lower west coast and hinterland, C. maximus (Storr) of the Kimberley, C. melanops melanops (Stirling and Zeitz) widespread in spinifex habitats of the arid north-west, and C. m. elongatus (Werner) widespread in spinifex habitats of the arid south and east of the continent, together with two new species, one from the lower west coast and the other from South Australia, and a new subspecies of C. melanops from chenopod habitats along the southern fringe of the Nullarbor Plain. The morphology, distribution, habitat preferences and reproduction of the seven taxa are described. All primary type specimens are illustrated. A key to the species and subspecies in the genus Cyclodomorphus is provided. Cyclodomorphus branchialis, considered on previous taxonomic opinion to be widespread in arid Australia, is restricted to a small area in Western Australia and is considered vulnerable.

 
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Short Form
Shea and Miller, 1995, Rec. Aust. Mus. 47(3): 265–325
Author
Glenn M. Shea; B. Miller
Year
1995
Title
A taxonomic revision of the Cyclodomorphus branchialis species group (Squamata: Scincidae)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
47
Issue
3
Start Page
265
End Page
325
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.47.1995.240
Language
English
Date Published
01 December 1995
Cover Date
01 December 1995
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
REPTILIA; TAXONOMY
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01 June 2009
Reference Number
240
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