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Taxonomy of the family Scincidae
Bibliography of the genus Hemiergis
Biodiversity of the family Scincidae


Earless Mulch Skinks


Øreløse Muldskinker*

1829 Tridactylus Cuvier [not Tridactylus Latreille 1802] (type species: Tridactylus decresiensis Cuvier 1829; syn. Mittleman 1952)
1829 Tetradactylus Cuvier [not Tetradactylus Merrem 1820 (Reptilia: Cordylidae)] (type species: Tridactylus decresiensis Cuvier 1829; syn. Mittleman 1952)
1830 Hemiergis Wagler [substitute name for Tridactylus Cuvier 1829]
1830 Peromelis Wagler [substitute name for Tetradactylus Cuvier 1829] (Smith 1937)
1839 Chelomeles Dumeril & Bibron (type species: Chelomeles quadrilineatus Dumeril & Bibron 1839; syn. Mittleman 1952)
1985 Arenicolascincus Wells & Wellington (type species: Hemiergis millewae Coventry 1976; syn. Cogger 1996)
Contents: 7 species, all of which are endemic.
Remarks: Previously included Eroticoscincus graciloides and Nannoscincus maccoyi.
Distribution: Australia (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia [incl. Kangaroo Island], Victoria, Western Australia).

Hemiergis decresiensis

Three-toed Mulch Skink*, Three-toed Earless Skink, Three-toed Skink

Dreizehiger Wühlskink*

Tretået Muldskink*

1829 Tridactylus decresiensis Cuvier
Lygosoma decresiense Boulenger 1887
Hemiergis decresiensis Copland 1946
1867 Hemiergis polylepis Günther (Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)
1946 Hemiergis decresiensis continentis Copland (Reeder & Reichert 2011)
Hemiergis continentis Wells & Wellington 1984

Remarks: Previously included talbingoensis.
Distribution: Australia (South Australia [incl. Kangaroo Island]).

Hemiergis gracilipes

Southwestern Mulch Skink

Südwestaustralischer Wühlskink*

Sydvestaustralsk Muldskink*

1870 Hinulia gracilipes Steindachner
Sphenomorphus gracilipes Cogger 1975
Glaphyromorphus gracilipes Cogger 1992
Hemiergis gracilipes Bush, Maryan, Browne-Cooper & Robinson 2007
Patheticoscincus gracilipes Wells 2009
1839 Lygosoma australis Gray [not Tiliqua australis Gray 1839] (Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)
Sphenomorphus australis Storr, Smith & Johnstone 1981

Remarks: Transferred from the genus Glaphyromorphus by Bush, Maryan, Browne-Cooper & Robinson (2007). Generic assignment confirmed by Mecke, Doughty & Donnellan (2009) and Reeder & Reichert (2011).
Distribution: Australia (Western Australia).

Hemiergis initialis

Five-toed Mulch Skink, Southern Five-toed Earless Skink, Southwestern Earless Skink, Western Earless Skink

Fünfzehiger Wühlskink*

Femtået Muldskink*

1910 Lygosoma initiale Werner
Anotis initialis Mittleman 1952
Hemiergis initialis Cogger 1975
1975 Hemiergis initialis brookeri Storr
Hemiergis brookeri Wells & Wellington 1984

Other common names:
brookeri: Nullarbor Five-toed Mulch Skink
initialis: Southern Five-toed Mulch Skink
Distribution: Australia (South Australia, Western Australia).

Hemiergis millewae

Hummock Grass Five-toed Mulch Skink, Triodia Earless Skink, Rusty Earless Skink, Millewa Skink



1976 Hemiergis millewae Coventry
Arenicolascincus millewae Wells & Wellington 1985
1985 Arenicolascincus lami Wells & Wellington (tentative synonymy)

Distribution: Australia (New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia).

Hemiergis peronii

Lowlands Mulch Skink*, Lowlands Earless Skink, (Peron’s Earless Skink)



1831 Seps peronii Gray
Lygosoma peronii Smith 1937
Hemiergis peronii Mittleman 1952
1829 Tetradactylus decresiensis Cuvier (Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)
1839 Chiamela duvaucellii Gray (Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)
1902 Hemiergis woodwardi Lucas (Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)
1910 Lygosoma quadridigitatum Werner (Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)
1915 Lygosoma peronii tridactylum Boulenger (Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)

Other common names:
peronii: Four-toed Mulch Skink, Four-toed Skink
tridactyla: Three-toed Mulch Skink
Distribution: Australia (South Australia [incl. Kangaroo Island], Victoria, Western Australia).

Hemiergis quadrilineatum

Two-toed Mulch Skink, Two-toed Earless Skink

Zweizehiger Wühlskink*

Totået Muldskink*

1839 Chelomeles quadrilineatus Dumeril & Bibron
Lygosoma quadrilineatum Boulenger 1887
Hemiergis quadrilineata Mittleman 1952

Remarks: Recognised as a distinct species following Choquenot & Greer (1989), Storr, Smith & Johnstone (1999), and Aplin & Smith (2001).
Distribution: Australia (Western Australia).

Hemiergis talbingoensis

Talbingo Mulch Skink*, Victoria Three-toed Earless Skink, Eastern Three-toed Earless Skink



1946 Hemiergis decresiensis talbingoensis Copland
Hemiergis talbingoensis Wells & Wellington 1984
1946 Hemiergis decresiensis davisi Copland (Reeder & Reichert 2011)
Hemiergis davisi Wells & Wellington 1984
1985 Hemiergis namatjira Wells & Wellington (tentative synonymy)

Remarks: Raised to species status by Reeder & Reichert (2011), although treated as such already by Wells & Wellington (1984).
Distribution: Australia (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria).