A new genus to accommodate three skinks currently assigned to Proablepharus (Lacertilia: Scincidae)

Couper, Patrick J., Hoskin, Conrad J., Potter, Sally, Bragg, Jason G., and Moritz, Craig (2018) A new genus to accommodate three skinks currently assigned to Proablepharus (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 60. pp. 227-231.

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The genus Proablepharus currently contains five species (P. barrylyoni, P. kinghorni, P. naranjicaudus, P. reginae and P. tenuis). Morphologically, these are readily separated into two groups: the small, almost patternless species (P. reginae and P. tenuis) and the larger, striped species (P. kinghorni, P. barrylyoni and P. naranjicaudus). We present genetic and morphological data to demonstrate that these two groups are generically distinct from each other. As P. reginae is the type species for Proablepharus, we erect a new genus, Austroablepharus gen. nov., for the kinghorni group and designate A. kinghorni as the type species.

Item ID: 58481
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2204-1478
Keywords: Australia, Austroablepharus gen. nov, Genetics, Morphology, Proablepharus
Copyright Information: © The State of Queensland, Queensland Museum 2017.
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 22:07
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3104 Evolutionary biology > 310410 Phylogeny and comparative analysis @ 100%
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