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Alpinoscincus subalpinus (GREER, ALLISON & COGGER, 2005)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLobulia subalpina GREER, ALLISON & COGGER 2005
Alpinoscincus subalpinus — SLAVENKO et al. 2021 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Morobe), elevation 2350-3200 m.

Type locality: summit of Mt. Missin, 17 km NE of Wau, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, elevation 2877 m.  
TypesHolotype: BPBM 10760 (Bernice P. Bishop Museum) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Lobulia subalpina differs from all other Lobulia in the following combination of characters:three supralabialsposterior to subocular supralabial instead of two; prefrontals usually separated (82.1 percent) instead of in contact either directly or through a medial azygous scale; presuboculars modally one; supralabials modally nine, and subdigital lamellae 15-23. 
EtymologyNamed after the high altitude distribution of the species. 
  • Greer, A.E.; Allison, A. & Cogger, H.G. 2005. Four new species of Lobulia (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from high altitude in New Guinea. Herpetological Monographs 19: 153-179 - get paper here
  • Slavenko, Alex, Karin Tamar, Oliver J. S. Tallowin, Fred Kraus, Allen Allison, Salvador Carranza & Shai Meiri. 2021. Revision of the montane New Guinean skink genus Lobulia (Squamata: Scincidae), with the description of four new genera and nine new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 195 (1): 220–278 - get paper here
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