Emoia mokolahi ZUG, INEICH, PREGILL & HAMILTON, 2012
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Emoia mokolahi ZUG, INEICH, PREGILL & HAMILTON 2012|
|Distribution||Tonga 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.
|Types||Holotype: 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|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Emoia mokolahi is a member of the Emoia samoensis species group and the samoensis subgroup (Zug et al. 2011). Emoia mokolahi differs from other subgroup mem- bers by a combination of traits. Emoia moko- lahi females average (mean 96 mm, range 86–105 mm SVL) larger than E. tuitarere fe- males (81 mm, 72–93 mm) (Table 2) and the E. trossula type-series females (90 mm, 87–101 mm), and smaller than Samoan E. samoensis females (97 mm, 86–109 mm) and Vanuatuan E. sanfordi females (103 mm, 97–109 mm). In female scalation, E. mokolahi averages more dorsal scales [Dorsal] (65, 62–69) than E. san- fordi (58, 56–61) and Samoan E. samoensis (63, 62 – 66); E. mokolahi has fewer 4th-finger la- mellae [4FingLm] (34, 32–36) than E. sanfordi (47, 43–51) and E. tuitarere (37, 36–40) and fewer 4th-toe lamellae [4ToeLm] than E. san- fordi (66, 57–71) and E. tuitarere (49, 47–51).|
|Etymology||The 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.|
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