Australian Museum Journal Systematics of the reduce-limbed and limbless skinks currently assigned to the genus Anomalopus (Lacertilia: Scincidae)

Shortform:
Greer and Cogger, 1985, Rec. Aust. Mus. 37(1): 11–54
Author(s):
Greer, Allen E.; Cogger, Harold G.
Year published:
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
Digitized:
09 January 2009
Available online:
02 March 2009
Reference number:
334
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Complete work:
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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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