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Current status of the genera Karma and Magmellia Wells, 2009 (Scincidae: Lygosominae: Sphenomorphini) with a morphological character to distinguish the two genera

Title

Current status of the genera Karma and Magmellia Wells, 2009 (Scincidae: Lygosominae: Sphenomorphini) with a morphological character to distinguish the two genera (681 KB) pdf document icon

Author/s

Shea, G.M.

Citation

Shea, G.M. 2019. Current status of the genera Karma and Magmellia Wells, 2009 (Scincidae: Lygosominae: Sphenomorphini) with a morphological character to distinguish the two genera. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum – Nature 61: 187–191. https:/doi.org/10.17082/j.2204-1478.61.2019.2018-03

Accepted 24 April 2018
Published online 24 September 2019
Peer reviewed:

Yes

DOI

https:/doi.org/10.17082/j.2204-1478.61.2019.2018-03

Keywords Karma, Magmellia, Silvascincus, Tumbunascincus, Scincidae, Queensland, systematics, scalation

Abstract

Recognition and distinction of the scincid genera Karma and Magmellia, also cited in the literature under their respective junior synonyms Silvascincus and Tumbunascincus, have been largely
based on genetic evidence, with only minor features of coloration reported to distinguish them. The monotypic Magmellia can be morphologically distinguished from the two species
of Karma by the overlap pattern of the temporal scales (lower secondary temporal overlapping upper secondary temporal), a character state not previously reported for Magmellia.