Emoia tuitarere ZUG, HAMILTON & AUSTIN, 2011
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Emoia tuitarere ZUG, HAMILTON & AUSTIN 2011|
|Distribution||Cook Islands (Rarotonga)|
Type locality: Cook Islands, Rarotonga, ca. 7 km. [by road] WSW of Avarua [estim. 21°12’30”S 159°46’32”W].
|Types||Holotype: USNM 533712, adult male, collected by George R. Zug and Patricia B. Zug, 19 March 1999. Paratypes: AIM, SDNHM, USNM|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Emoia tuitarere is a member of the Emoia samoensis species group and differs from other group members by a combination of traits. E. tuitarere averages (mean 82 mm, range 72–93 mm SVL) smaller than the E. trossula type-series (90 mm, 87–101 mm; Table 2), E. ‘trossula’ Tonga (94 mm, 82–101 mm), E. samoensis (98 mm, 92–109 mm), E. sanfordi (103 mm, 97–109 mm), E. erronan (85 mm, 69–101 mm), and E. nigra (~100 mm, 85–114 mm), and larger than E. concolor (~72 mm, 57–86 mm), E. flavigularis (67 mm, 59–73 mm), E. loyaltien- sis (~68 mm, 66–68 mm), E. mokosariniveikau (~55 mm), E. nigromarginata (63 mm, 55–68 mm), E. parkeri (47 mm, 40–52 mm), and E. tongana (62 mm, 56–75 mm). E. tuitarere has fewer dorsal scales [Dorsal] (65, 62–69) than E. aneityumensis (78, 74–80) and E. ‘trossula’ Rotuma (71, 65–77), and more than E. nigromarginata (58, 57–61), E. parkeri (56, 52–60), and E. sanfordi (58, 56–61). E. tuitarere has fewer 4th toe lamellae [4ToeLm] (49, 47–51) than E. sanfordi (66, 67–71) and more 4ToeLm than E. aneityumensis (35, 33–38), E. nigromarginata (37, 35–42), and E. parkeri (35, 33–40) [from ZUG et al. 2011].|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The specific name derives from the Cook Island Maori tuitarere for wanderer, pilgrim, stranger, alien, and is proposed in reference to the putative recent arrival of this species on Rarotonga. It is proposed as a noun in apposition.|
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