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Dibamus tebal DAS & LIM, 2009

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Higher TaxaDibamidae, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymDibamus tebal DAS & LIM 2009
Dibamus novae-guineae — DE ROOIJ 1922
Dibamus tebal — NEANG et al. 2011
Dibamus tebal — QUAH et al. 2017 
DistributionIndonesia (Pulau Simeuleu, Mentawai Archipelago)

Type locality: Sinabang (02º28’60"N, 96º22’60"E; 0 m elevation), Pulau Simeuleu, Daerah Istimewah Aceh Propinsi, Republic of Indonesia.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZMA 15500 
Diagnosis 
CommentThis species has been previously assigned to D. novaeguineae by de Rooij (1922).

Dibamus tebal sp. nov. differs from all congeners in showing the following combination of characters: SVL 133.5 mm, body relatively robust, body width 4.9% SVL, postoculars two, midbody scale rows 24, scales around neck 24, scales around vent 15, ventrals 186, subcaudals 42, frontonasal entire, rostral suture incomplete, labial and nasal sutures complete, two pairs of preanal pores, nuchal collar or body band absent, presacral vertebrae 119, postsacral vertebrae 26, and a relatively long tail (18.6% SVL).

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyFrom the Bahasa Indonesia/Malaysia ('tebal'), meaning thick, for the robust habitus. 
References
  • DAS, INDRANEIL & KELVIN K. P. LIM. 2009. A new species of Dibamus (Squamata: Dibamidae) from Pulau Simeuleu, Mentawai Archipelago, Indonesia. Zootaxa 2088: 15-23 - get paper here
  • De Rooij, N. 1922. Fauna simalurensis. Reptilia. Zoologische Mededelingen 6 (4): 217-238 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • NEANG, THY; JEREMY HOLDEN,TOBY EASTOE,RATHEA SENG,, SAVENG ITH & L. LEE GRISMER 2011. A new species of Dibamus (Squamata: Dibamidae) from Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary, southwestern Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. Zootaxa 2828: 58–68 - get paper here
  • Quah, Evan S. H.; Shahrul Anuar M. S., L. Lee Grismer & Rupert Grassby-Lewis 2017. A new species of Dibamus Duméril & Bibron 1839 (Squamata: Dibamidae) from a hill station in Peninsular Malaysia. RAFFLES BULLETIN OF ZOOLOGY 65: 681–690 - get paper here
 
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