Carlia tutela ZUG, 2004
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Carlia tutela?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Carlia tutela ZUG 2004|
|Distribution||Indonesia (Halmahera, Ternate, Morotai, and adjacent islands)|
Type locality: Indonesia, Molucca Islands, Halmahera, Jailolo District, Kampung Pasir Putih [0° 53’ N, 130° 53’ E]
|Types||Holotype: USNM 237403|
|Comment||Carla 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).|
|Etymology||Named 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.|
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