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Emoia guttata BROWN & ALLISON, 1986

IUCN Red List - Emoia guttata - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesAllison's Emo Skink 
SynonymEmoia guttata BROWN & ALLISON 1986
Emoia guttata — BROWN 1991 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Morobe Province)

Type locality: Mt.Kaindi [1300 m elevation] Wau area, Bulolo River drainage, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BPBM 
CommentDiagnosis. This species of Emoia is distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) snout-vent length of mature specimens 51-73 mm; (2) midbody scale rows 33-38; (3) paravertebral scales between parietals and base of tail 49- 58; (4) 4th-toe lamellae 35-43; (5) prefrontals moderately to widely separated; (6) 6th (rarely 5th) upper labial enlarged and beneath eye; (7) color pattern: dorsum olive to light olive-brown with scattered black and whitish blotches on body and tail; upper lateral surface black, bordered below by an irregular white band; sides of neck and lower lateral surfaces marbled by scattered black and whitish blotches [BROWN & ALLISON 1986]. 
EtymologyThe name guttata is Latin for "spotted" and refers to the numerous light spots and blotches on the lateral surfaces. 
References
  • Brown W C 1991. Lizards of the genus Emoia (Scincidae) with observations on their evolution and biogeography. MEMOIRS OF THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (No. 15) 1991: i-vi, 1-94 - get paper here
  • Brown W C; Allison A 1986. A new lizard of the genus Emoia (Scincidae) from Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. Occasional Papers BERNICE P. BISHOP MUSEUM 26 [1986]: 47-51
 
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