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Emoia kitcheneri HOW, DURRANT, SMITH & SALEH, 1998

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymEmoia kitcheneri HOW et al. 1998 
DistributionIndonesia: Sumba Island

Type locality: Ngallu, East Sumba, Indonesia (10°06'30"S and 120° 41'30''E)  
TypesHolotype: WAM R101877 (Western Australian Museum), adult male, collected by R.A. How, DJ Kitchener, N.K. Cooper, J. Dell and A. Suyanto; The type specimen is to be lodged at the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, Bogor, Indonesia (MZB). Paratypes: R101830, R101859-860, R101867, R101869-875, R101878-893, R101907 data as for the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small member of the cyanura group and caerulocauda Subgroup (sensu Brown 1991). Most like E. similis in lacking interparietals but differing in its smaller size (2-9 mm cf. 7-72 mm), more subdigital lamellae (24-1 cf. 21-2), lack of a vertebral stripe, blue tail and by having limbs that meet when adpressed against the body. 
Etymology“After Or Oarrell Kitchener, Curator of Mammals at the Western Australian Museum, without whose drive, enthusiasm and tolerance of bureaucracy the extensive survey of islands in eastern Indonesia would never have been attempted or completed.” 
  • How, R. A., B. Durrant; L. A. Smith and Najamuddin Saleh, 1998. Emoia (Reptilia: Scincidae) from the Banda Arc islands of eastern Indonesia: variation in morphology and description of a new species. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 19: 131-139 - get paper here
  • Iskandar, Djoko T. and Mumpuni 2002. The herpetological type specimens in the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense Collection. Hamadryad 27 (1):123-135 - get paper here
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