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Cryptoblepharus xenikos HORNER, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymCryptoblepharus xenikos HORNER 2007 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Western Province)

Type locality: Aquam Camp, Trans-Fly region, Western Province, Papua New Guinea, 09°05’48”S 141°26’08”E.  
TypesHolotype: SAMA R62458, coll. S. Richards, 1 April 2004. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium sized (32–38 mm SVL), shortlegged, shallow-headed, arboreal Cryptoblepharus. Distinguished from Indo-Pacific congeners by combination of: fused interparietal and frontoparietal shields, medium size (maximum SVL <44 mm) and modal values of 16 fourth finger subdigital lamellae, 19 fourth toe supradigital lamellae and 9 palmar.
CommentHabitat: arboreal. 
EtymologyFrom the Greek adjective xenikos, in relation to the definition ‘concerning the status of a foreigner’. 
  • Horner, P. 2007. Systematics of the snake-eyed skinks, Cryptoblepharus Wiegmann (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) - an Australian based review. The Beagle Supplement 3: 21-198
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