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Cryptoblepharus richardsi HORNER, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), 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.  
TypesHolotype: SAMA R62449. coll. S. Richards, 3 November 2002. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (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. 
CommentHAbitat: On beach, rocks and foreshore vegetation. 
EtymologyNamed for Stephen Richards, of the South Australian Museum, in recognition of his collection of the type series from Misima Island. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • 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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