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Cryptoblepharus richardsi HORNER, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymCryptoblepharus richardsi HORNER 2007
Cryptoblepharus cf. richardsi — HUI 2016 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Milne Bay, Misima Island, Louisiade Archipelago)

Type locality: Foreshore by Misima Mine, Misima Island, Louisiade Archipelago, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea, 10°41’29”S 152°47’45”E. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: SAMA R62449. coll. S. Richards, 3 November 2002. 
CommentHAbitat: On beach, rocks and foreshore vegetation.

Diagnosis (11 specimens). A medium sized (32–43 mm SVL), short-legged, shallow-headed, arboreal Cryptoblepharus, distinguished from congeners by combination of: fused interparietal and frontoparietal shields and medium size (maximum SVL <44 mm); modal values of five supraciliary scales, 26 midbody scale rows, 53 paravertebral scales, 17 fourth finger subdigital lamellae, 21 fourth toe supradigital lamellae, 12 palmar and 14 plantar scales; mean values of: head depth 40.2% of head length, forebody length 42.0% of SVL, forelimb length 34.4% of SVL, hindlimb length 46.1% of SVL, paravertebral scale width 4.4% of SVL; and boldly striped body pattern with prominent dark dorsolateral stripes and broad vertebral zone of ground colour. 
EtymologyNamed for Stephen Richards, of the South Australian Museum, in recognition of his collection of the type series from Misima Island. 
  • Horner, P. 2007. Systematics of the snake-eyed skinks, Cryptoblepharus Wiegmann (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) - an Australian based review. The Beagle Supplement 3: 21-198
  • TAN Heok Hui 2016. Commensal herpetofauna at Tufi Resort, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea SEAVR 2016: 127-128 - get paper here
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