off-topic: reptiles

To: "'calyptorhynchus .'" <>, 'William Stephinson' <>, 'sandra henderson' <>, 'Canberra Birds' <>
Subject: off-topic: reptiles
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:36:42 +0000

I doubt that any biology book has an index that lists by species scientific name. Any that I have seen are listed by genus, then species name. Probably I can give the analogy of phone books not listing by Christian names. And for sort of the same reason. Genus names are required to be unique to that genus. Species names are often shared. Beyond that comment yes of course changes to names causes these confusions.





From: calyptorhynchus . [
Sent: Thursday, 21 January 2016 6:44 PM
To: William Stephinson; sandra henderson; Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] off-topic: reptiles


What do you mean by check the index properly? Go through every Latin name till I find the specific whitii? not my definition of a useful index.


John Leonard


On 21 January 2016 at 14:30, William Stephinson <> wrote:


My copy of Wilson & Swan's book describes White's Skink  plus photo. on pages

212 & 213 respec.

Publication reprinted in 2004, 2005.

Check the index properly.



On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 1:54 PM, calyptorhynchus . <> wrote:

Whilst wandering around Honeysuckle Creek Campground this morning I saw this handsome lizard.

Ross Bennett's Frogs and Reptiles of the ACT tells me that this is a White's Skink, Egernia whitii. Can anybody tell me why there is no Egernia whitii, or anything that looks like it, in Wilson and Swan's Complete Reptiles of Australia?


John Leonard

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