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Emoia mivarti (BOULENGER, 1887)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Boulenger's Emo Skink 
SynonymLygosoma mivarti BOULENGER 1887: 292
Emoia mivarti — SMITH 1937: 227
Emoia mivarti — GREER 1974: 20
Emoia mivarti — MYS 1988: 135
Emoia mivarti — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995 
DistributionAdmirality Islands, Waigeo and N Irian Jaya (Indonesia), Bismarck Archipelago

Type locality: Wild Island, Admiralty Islands  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.10.70-77 (formerly, Wild I., Admiralty Is., collected Challenger Expedition. Brown (1991) erroneously gives the registration numbers 1946.8.10.40-47. 
CommentSubspecies: Emoia mivarti obscurum (DE JONG 1927) has been elevated to full species status.

Habitat: ground, foraging on the leaf litter, especially around pald fronds and other debrism in areas of partial canopy cover (HEATWOLE 1975). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. St. George Jackson Mivart (1827-1900), best known as a naturalist but was also known for defending his Catholic faith from "scientific attacks." 
  • Adler,G.H.; Austin,C.C. & Dudley,R. 1995. Dispersal and speciation of skinks among archipelagos in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Evolutionary Ecology 9: 529-541 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Heatwole, H. 1975. Biogeography of reptiles on some of the islands and cays of Eastern Papua-New Guinea. Atoll Research Bulletin (180): 1-41 - get paper here
  • Hediger, H. 1934. Beitrag zur Herpetologie und Zoogeographie Neu-Britanniens und einiger umliegender Gebiete. Zool. Jahrb. (Syst.) 65: 441-582
  • Mys, Benoit 1988. The zoogeography of the scincid lizards from North Papua New Guinea (Reptilia: Scincidae). I. The distribution of the species. Bull. Inst. Roy. Sci. Nat. Belgique (Biologie) 58: 127-183
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
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