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Carlia tutela ZUG, 2004

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymCarlia tutela ZUG 2004 
DistributionIndonesia (Halmahera, Ternate, Morotai, and adjacent islands)

Type locality: Indonesia, Molucca Islands, Halmahera, Jailolo District, Kampung Pasir Putih [0° 53’ N, 130° 53’ E]  
TypesHolotype: USNM 237403 
CommentCarla tutela is endemic to Halmahera and was once thought to have been introduced to Guam but those populations are genetically similar to Carla ailanpa- lai which is endemic to the Admiralty Archipelago and may have been introduced to Guam during WWII (Austin et al. 2011). 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin “tutela”, meaning defense or guard and was proposed to honor the men and women who served in the defense of New Guinea and the Moluccas during WWII. 
  • Dolman, Gaynor & Andrew F. Hugall 2008. Combined mitochondrial and nuclear data enhance resolution of a rapid radiation of Australian rainbow skinks (Scincidae: Carlia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49 (3): 782-794 - get paper here
  • Zug,G. R. 2004. Systematics of the Carlia “fusca” lizards (Squamata: Scincidae) of New Guinea and Nearby Islands. Bishop Mus. Bull. Zool. 5: 1-83
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