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Mulch-skinks
Glaphyromorphus - Wells and Wellington, 1984

Pronunciation:
 Etymology: 'polished form'1

Taxonomic notes:

In 2009, a number of species were moved from this genus to Eremiascincus.2

Notes:
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 10 out of 11 Australian species
Both egg-laying and live-bearing - 1 out of 11 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: McIlwraith bar-lipped skink (Glaphyromorphus nyanchupinta) at 5.4 cm
 Longest Australian species: Cape Melville bar-lipped skink (Glaphyromorphus othelarrni) at 9.3 cm
Number of Australian species: 11
 

Mount Elliot mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus clandestinus)
Mount Elliot, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Mount Elliot mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus clandestinus) distribution range map Glaphyromorphus clandestinus
Mount Elliot mulch-skink
Year described
Hoskin & Couper 2004
Description

slender mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus cracens)
Mt Spec, Queensland
Photo © Ray Lloyd
slender mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus cracens) distribution range map Glaphyromorphus cracens
Slender mulch-skink
Year described
(Greer 1985)
Description
Two lower labial scales contact post-mental scale.

Cape York mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus crassicaudus)
Iron Range, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Cape York mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus crassicaudus) distribution range map Glaphyromorphus crassicaudus
Cape York mulch-skink
Year described
(Duméril & Duméril 1851)
Description
One lower labial scale contacts post-mental scale.

northern mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus darwiniensis)
Darwin, Northern Territory
Photo © Mark Sanders
northern mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus darwiniensis) distribution range map Glaphyromorphus darwiniensis
Northern mulch-skink
Year described
(Storr 1967)
Description

brown-tailed bar-lipped skink (Glaphyromorphus fuscicaudis)
Lake Barrine, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
brown-tailed bar-lipped skink (Glaphyromorphus fuscicaudis) distribution range map Glaphyromorphus fuscicaudis
Brown-tailed bar-lipped skink
Year described
(Greer 1979)
Description
Two lower labial scales contact post-mental scale.

Atherton Tableland mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus mjobergi)
Mount Edith, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Atherton Tableland mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus mjobergi) distribution range map Glaphyromorphus mjobergi
Atherton Tableland mulch-skink
Year described
(Lönnberg & Andersson 1915)
Description
One lower labial scale contacts post-mental scale.

black-tailed bar-lipped skink (Glaphyromorphus nigricaudis)
Shiptons Flat, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
black-tailed bar-lipped skink (Glaphyromorphus nigricaudis) distribution range map Glaphyromorphus nigricaudis
Black-tailed bar-lipped skink
Year described
(Macleay 1877)
Description
Two lower labial scales contact post-mental scale.

McIlwraith bar-lipped skink (Glaphyromorphus nyanchupinta)
McIlwraith Range, Queensland
Photo © Conrad Hoskin
McIlwraith bar-lipped skink (Glaphyromorphus nyanchupinta) distribution range map Glaphyromorphus nyanchupinta
McIlwraith bar-lipped skink
Year described
Hoskin & Couper 2014
Description
"narrowly separated adpressed limbs (not separated by more than the length of the forelimb); more than 24 midbody scale rows; the prefontal separated from the preocular; small body size (max SVL ~ 54 mm); seven supralabials (with 5th below centre of eye); fewer than 21 lamellae beneath 4th toe; a strong barred body pattern extending to hindlimbs; dark supralabial scales with a central white dot; dark streaks typically present on throat."3

Cape Melville bar-lipped skink (Glaphyromorphus othelarrni)
Melville Range, Queensland
Photo © Conrad Hoskin
Cape Melville bar-lipped skink (Glaphyromorphus othelarrni) distribution range map Glaphyromorphus othelarrni
Cape Melville bar-lipped skink
Year described
Hoskin & Couper 2014
Description
"adpressed limbs in contact; more than 27 midbody scale rows; the prefontal separated from the preocular; large body size (max SVL ~ 93mm); usually eight supralabials (with 6th below centre of eye); more than 13 subdigital lamellae beneath 4th finger; more than 21 lamellae beneath 4th toe."3

dwarf mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus pumilus)
Sir William Thompson Range, Queensland
Photo © Eric Vanderduys
dwarf mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus pumilus) distribution range map Glaphyromorphus pumilus
Dwarf mulch-skink
Year described
(Boulenger 1887)
Description
One lower labial scale contacts post-mental scale.

fine-spotted mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus punctulatus)
Townsville, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
fine-spotted mulch-skink (Glaphyromorphus punctulatus) distribution range map Glaphyromorphus punctulatus
Fine-spotted mulch-skink
Year described
(Peters 1871)
Description
Usually one lower labial scale contacts post-mental scale.

References
  1. Wells, Richard W. & Wellington, C. Ross (1984). A synopsis of the Class Reptilia in Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology, 1(3-4):73-129. - search web for this article
  2. Mecke, S.; Doughty, P.; & Donnellan, S.C. (2009). A new species of Eremiascincus (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from the Great Sandy Desert and Pilbara Coast, Western Australia and reassignment of eight species from Glaphyromorphus to Eremiascincus. Zootaxa, 2246:1-20.
  3. Hoskin, Conrad J & Couper, Patrick J (2014). Two new skinks (Scincidae: Glaphyromorphus) from rainforest habitats in north-eastern Australia. Zootaxa, 3869(1):1-16.
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