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Emoia mokolahi ZUG, INEICH, PREGILL & HAMILTON, 2012

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymEmoia mokolahi ZUG, INEICH, PREGILL & HAMILTON 2012 
DistributionTonga Islands (Vava‘u)

Type locality: Kingdom of Tonga, Vava‘u group, Vava‘u (Island), approximately 1 km W of Neiafu (∼18° 39′ S, 173° 59′ W), south side of Mt. Talau.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 333684, adult female, collected by George R. Zug, 10 November 1993.
Paratypes: All specimens from the King- dom of Tonga. IAM, USNM, AMNH, AMS, CAS, SDSH, FMNH 
EtymologyThe specific name derives from two Tongan words, lahi (adjective) for big and moko (noun) for lizard, hence mokolahi (following Tongan word order) refers to this taxon being the largest extant skink in the Tongan Islands. It is proposed as a noun in apposition. 
  • Zug, G. R., I. Ineich, G. Pregill, and A. M. Hamilton. 2012. Lizards of Tonga and a description of a new Tongan treeskink (Squamata: Scincidae: Emoia samoensis Group). Pacific Science 66(2):225-237 - get paper here
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