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Eremiascincus emigrans (LIDTH DE JEUDE, 1895)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesEremiascincus emigrans emigrans (LIDTH DE JEUDE 1895)
Eremiascincus emigrans wetariensis (MERTENS 1928) 
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma emigrans LIDTH DE JEUDE 1895: 125
Lygosoma everetti BOULENGER 1897: 504 (fide GREER 1990)
Lygosoma (Hinulia) emigrans — DE ROOIJ 1915: 179
Sphenomorphus emigrans — DUNN 1927
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) emigrans — SMITH 1937: 220
Sphenomorphus mertensi DAREVSKY 1964
Sphenomorphus emigrans — AUFFENBERG 1980
Glaphyromorphus emigrans — GREER 1990
Glaphyromorphus emigrans — SHEA & MICHELS 2008: 744
Eremiascincus emigrans — MECKE et al. 2009

Eremiascincus emigrans wetariensis (MERTENS 1928)
Sphenomorphus emigrans wetariensis MERTENS 1928: 228
Sphenomorphus emigrans wetariensis — MERTENS 1930: 157
Glaphyromorphus emigrans wetariensis — APLIN et al. 1993: 240 
DistributionIndonesia (Sumba Island, Komodo, Flores); “Sumba, Samao, Wetar, Teun, Poeloe Sukur, Poeloe Besar” (fide MERTENS 1930:

Type locality: Sumba

wetariensis: Wetar; Type locality: Wetar.  
Reproductionoviparous (Mecke et al. 2016) 
TypesSyntypes: RMNH 4351 (4 specimens), Sumba, collected D. ten Kate. Whereabouts of the remaining syntypes, from Sumba, collected H.F.C. Ten Kate (n = 2), Groot Bastaard (Pulau Besar), (n = 1), and Samao, collected S. Mueller (n = 2) unknown.
Holotype: RMNH 5519, male; paratypes: RMNH 5519, female [kopsteini]
Holotype: MZB 975; Paratypes: ZISP 17597.1–2 [mertensi]
Holotype: AMNH 32211 [wetariensis] 
CommentHas five phalanges in the fourth toe of the manus.

BRONGERSMA 1942 described Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) emigrans kopsteini whose status is unclear. Greer 1979 says that “wetariensis and kopsteini are probably distinct species”. Shea & Michels 2008: 744 say that "the subspecies has not been re-evaluated in subsequent studies of the genus”.
  • Aplin K P; HOW R A. & BOEADI 1993. A New Species of the Glaphyromorphus-isolepis species group (Lacertilia Scincidae) From Sumba Island, Indonesia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 16 (2): 235-242. - get paper here
  • Auffenberg W 1980. The herpetofauna of Komodo, with notes on adjacent areas. Bulletin of the Florida State Museum 25 (2): 39-156 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1897. List of the reptiles and batrachians collected by Mr. Alfred Everett in Lombok, Flores, Sumba and Saru, with descriptions of new species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (6) 19: 503-509 - get paper here
  • Brongersma,L.D. 1942. Notes on scincid lizards. Zoologische Mededelingen 24: 125-152 - get paper here
  • Darevsky, l. S. 1964. New species of scincoid lizards from the islands of Lesser Sundas Archipelago, East Indonesia [in Russian]. [Translated from Russian for the National Science Foundation Office of Science Information Services, ed. James A. Peters]. Zool. J. (Moscow) 43 (1): 80-88 [available from Smithsonian Herp Inf Serv. (7)] - get paper here
  • Darevsky, l. S. 1964. Die Reptilien der Inseln Komodo, Padar und Rintja im Kleinen Sunda-Archipel, Indonesien. Senckenbergiana biologica 43 (3/5): 563-576
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp. - get paper here
  • Dunn, E. R. 1927. Results of the Douglas Burden Expedition to the Island of Komodo. III.- Lizards from the East Indies. American Museum Novitates (288): 1-13 - get paper here
  • Greer A E 1990. The Glaphyromorphus isolepis species group (Lacertilia: Scincidae): diagnosis of the taxon and description of a new species from Timor. Journal of Herpetology 24 (4): 372-377 - get paper here
  • Greer A E; Parker F 1979. On the identity of the New Guinea scincid lizard Lygosoma fragile Macleay 1877 with notes on its natural history. Journal of Herpetology 13 (3): 221-225 - get paper here
  • Iskandar, Djoko T. and Mumpuni 2002. The herpetological type specimens in the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense Collection. Hamadryad 27 (1):123-135 - get paper here
  • Lidth de Jeude, Th. W. van. 1895. Reptiles from Timor and the neighbouring islands. Notes from the Leyden Museum 16: 119-127 - get paper here
  • Mecke, S., M. Kieckbusch, T. Graf, L. A. Beck, M. O’Shea & H. Kaiser 2016. First captive breeding of a night skink (Scincidae: Eremiascincus) from Timor-Leste, Lesser Sunda Islands, with remarks on the reproductive biology of the genus. Salamandra 52 (2): 178-188 - get paper here
  • Mecke, S; Dougherty, P. & Donnellan, S.C. 2009. A new species of Eremiascincus (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from the Great Sandy Desert and Pilbara Coast, Western Australia and reassignment of eight species from Glaphyromorphus to Eremiascincus. Zootaxa 2246: 1-20 - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1928. Herpetologische Mitteilungen. XX. Eine neue Eidechse von Wetar. Sphenomorphus emigrans wetariensis subsp. n. Senckenbergiana 10 (3): 228-229
  • Mertens, R. 1930. Die Amphibien und Reptilien der Inseln Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa und Flores. Senck. Naturf. Gesell., Frankfurt am Main, Abhandl. 42(3): 117-344.
  • Peters, James A. (Editor) 1966. New species of scincid lizards from the Islands of the Lesser Sunda Archipelago (East Indonesia) by I. S. Darevskii. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (7): 1-8 - get paper here
  • Skinner, Adam; Mark N. Hutchinson, Michael S.Y. Lee 2013. Phylogeny and Divergence Times of Australian Sphenomorphus Group Skinks (Scincidae, Squamata). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69 (3): 906–918 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Zug, George R. and Hinrich Kaiser 2014. A new species of four-toed skink (Squamata: Scincidae: Carlia peronii species group) from Pulau Sukur, Indonesia, and biogeographic notes on the herpetofauna of Flores and Komodo. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 126 (4): 379-392, doi: 10.2988/0006-324X-126.4.379 - get paper here
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