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Cryptoblepharus keiensis (ROUX, 1910)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAblepharus boutonii keiensis ROUX 1910: 240
Ablepharus peroni keiensis — STERNFELD 1918: 422
Ablepharus boutonii var. intermedius DE JONG 1926: 93
Ablepharus boutonii var. quinquetaeniatus DE JONG 1926: 93
Ablepharus boutonii keiensis — MERTENS 1931: 147
Ablepharus boutonii intermedius — MERTENS 1931: 149
Ablepharus intermedius — DAAN & HILLENIUS 1966
Cryptoblepharus keiensis — GREER 1974: 21
Cryptoblepharus keiensis — WELCH 1990
Cryptoblepharus keiensis — HORNER 2007
Cryptoblepharus intermedius — HORNER 2007 
DistributionIndonesia (Buru, Ambon, Haruku, Saparua, Seram and Kai = Kei Islands, Dullah Island, Langgur on Kai Kecil, Warka,
Banda Elat and Cape Pattinson on Kai Besar)

Type locality: Elat, Kei

intermedius: Type locality: Rana, Buru Island, Maluku Province, Indonesia.  
TypesSyntypes: NMBA (= NHMB) 6203-06, ZMA.RENA 10836, ; Cotypes: MCZ R29162-63. Roux did not designate a holotype, but referred to 14 specimens from Elat, 4 specimens from Langgur, 3 specimens from Kei-Dulah, and 2 from Warka. Kramer (1979) listed NMBA 6203 as the holotype, but this is incorrect. The seven specimens listed are all from Elat. The remaining 7 Elat syntypes, and the 9 syntypes from other localities, have not yet been identified (Glenn Shea, pers. comm., Feb 2019).
Lectotype: ZMA.RENA 10972 [intermedius] 
DiagnosisComparisons: “C. intermedius is not as distinctly striped as C. keiensis, particularly in lacking the prominent pale mid-lateral stripe of C. keiensis. The two taxa also differ in size (mean SVL, 42.4 versus 38.4 mm), midbody scale rows (modally 26 versus 22), fourth toe supradigital scales (modally 18 versus 15), paravertebral scale width (mean 4.5 versus 3.6% of SVL) and though not statistically significant, number of paravertebral scales (modally 46 versus 50)” (HORNER 2007). 
CommentSynonymy: Mertens (1964) considered C. intermedius a synonym of C. keiensis, simply stating that he could not separate the two “races”. Although HORNER (2007) examined only 2 specimens he supports the recognition of C. intermedius. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Barbour, Thomas & Loveridge, Arthur 1946. First supplement to typical reptiles and amphibians. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 96 (2): 59-214. - get paper here
  • Daan, S. & Hillenius,D. 1966. Catalogue of the type specimens of amphibians and reptiles in the Zoological Museum, Amsterdam. Beaufortia 13: 117-144
  • De JONG,J.K. 1926. Fauna buruana: reptiles. Treubia, Buitenzorg, 7: 85-96 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Horner, P. 2007. Systematics of the snake-eyed skinks, Cryptoblepharus Wiegmann (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) - an Australian based review. The Beagle Supplement 3: 21-198
  • Kramer, Eugen 1979. Typenkatalog der Echsen im Naturhistorischen Museum Basel (BM), Stand 1978. [type catalogue] Revue Suisse de Zoologie 86 (1): 159-166 - get paper here
  • Mertens,R. 1931. Ablepharus boutonii (DESJARDIN) und seine geographische Variation. Zool. Jahrb. Syst. 61: 63-210
  • Roux,J. 1910. Reptilien und Amphibien der Aru- und Kei-Inseln. Abh. senckenb. naturf. Ges. (Frankfurt) 33: 211-247 - get paper here
  • Sternfeld, R. 1918. Zur Tiergeographie Papuasiens und der pazifischen Inselwelt. Abh. senckenb. naturf. Ges. (Frankfurt) 36: 375-436 [missing from BHL in 2023]
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