Emoia sanfordi SCHMIDT & BURT, 1930
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Emoia sanfordi?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Sanford's Emo Skink|
|Synonym||Emoia sanfordi SCHMIDT & BURT 1930|
Emoia sanfordi — MEDWAY & MARSCHALL 1975
Emoia sanfordi — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Emoia sanfordi — INEICH 2009
|Distribution||Vanuatu (Banks Is. and New Hebrides), Fauro, Toga, Tegua Islands|
Type locality: Elephant and Espiritu Santo Islands, Vanuatu.
|Comment||Similar species: Before its description, specimens of Emoia sanfordi from Vanuatu were refered to Emoia samoense by Roux in 191, Baker in 1928, and Angel in 195. Specimens from Erromango were regarded as E. samoensis by Lord Medway in 1972, and later as Emoia trossula by Brown and Gibbons during their description of that species.|
Description: midbody scale rows 0-2, fourth toe lamel- lae 62-72; always five supralabials in front of the subocular; interparietal always present; parietal suture and nuchal suture oriented left. All examined specimens show a high uniformity for scalation characteristics but not for coloration going from uni- form green to almost completely and nearly uniform greyish. When few black marks are present they are restricted to the head area and to some parts of the back and flanks, with black punctuations only concerning some scales. Prefrontals are always in wide contact. Anterior and posterior loreals are identical, flat and elongate but the anterior is higher; supranasals are largely separated and prefrontals fused. Juveniles are sometimes uniform green or uniform dark brown to almost black. The throat is sometimes more or less marbled. Differences between E. nigra and E. sanfordi can be seen above (see E. nigra). I can add that the tail is rather circular or subcircular in section in E. sanfordi whereas it is rather laterally flattened in E. nigra (Ineich 2011).
Habitat: uniform grey specimens were usually associated with deeper and dense forest.
Distribution: not listed for the Solomon Islands by McCoy 2015.