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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
Published online: 24 September 2019
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
24 April 2018
24 September 2019
Karma, Magmellia, Silvascincus, Tumbunascincus, Scincidae, Queensland, systematics, scalation
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.
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