Emoia nigromarginata (ROUX, 1913)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Black-bordered Emo Skink|
|Synonym||Lygosoma (Emoa) nigromarginatum ROUX 1913|
Lygosoma (Emoa) speiseri ROUX 1913
Lygosoma speiseri — BAKER 1928
Emoia speiseri — SMITH 1937: 226
Emoia nigromarginata — GREER 1974: 20
Emoia speiseri — GREER 1974: 20
Emoia speiseri — MEDWAY & MARSHALL 1975
Emoia nigromarginata — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Emoia nigromarginata — ZUG et al. 2011
|Distribution||Vanuatu (Santo, Pentecost, Malakula, Ambrym, Epi, Efate, and Anatom), New Hebrides (fide SMITH 1937, Ineich 2011)|
Type locality: Pentecote, Vanuatu
|Types||Holotype: NMBA = NHMB|
Lectotype: NHMB [speiseri]
|Comment||Twelve specimens of E. nigromarginata from different localities in Vanuatu studied by Medway show 28-34 midbody scale rows, 38-48 subdigital lamellae under the fourth toe, and a snout-vent length of 60-2 mm. E. aneityumensis is only known from Anatom and specimens are conserved at BMNH and FMNH.|
The coloration of the holotype (after 18 months preservation in alcohol), is dark brown on the back, with a discontinuous and irregular row of black spots and punctuations extending in the shape of a discontinuous dorso-lateral line from ear to tail base extending above legs and feet. Flanks are brownish, crossed and spotted by intrusions of the whit- ish ventral coloration. In three live juveniles the back was grey-brown or olive-brown, marked by a broken row of punctuations or black spots, mixed with Nile water flecks extending from the ear to the base of the tail. Flanks are olive-brown, crossed and spotted by the dirty white ventral colouration. The tail is the same brown as the dorsal colouration but regenerated tails are lighter. Medway supposed, according to Cheesman’s description, that adults have a general grey blue coloration [Ineich 2011].
Habitat: forest species that never frequents open habitats
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