Emoia kitcheneri HOW, DURRANT, SMITH & SALEH, 1998
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Emoia kitcheneri?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Emoia kitcheneri HOW et al. 1998|
|Distribution||Indonesia: Sumba Island|
Type locality: Ngallu, East Sumba, Indonesia (10°06'30"S and 120° 41'30''E)
|Types||Holotype: 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.
|Comment||Diagnosis: 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.”|
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