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Eugongylus mentovarius (BOETTGER, 1895)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma mentovarium BOETTGER 1895: 119
Lygosoma mentovarium — DE ROOIJ 1915: 265
Lygosoma (Riopa) [albofasciolatum] mentovarium — STERNFELD 1918: 418
Riopa mentovaria — MERTENS 1934
Eugongylus mentovaria — SMITH 1937
Riopa albofasciolata mentovaria — BRONGERSMA 1948: 491
Eugongylus mentovarius — MITTLEMAN 1952
Riopa mentovarium — TANNER 1950
Lygosoma (Riopa) mentovarius — MERTENS 1967
Eugongylus mentovarius — SHEA 2018 
DistributionIndonesia (Halmahera, Maluku Archipelago, Ternate, Morotai)

Type locality: Halmaheira, Indonesia  
TypesHolotype: SMF 15420 (= 6302, 2a in Mertens, 1922), collected W. Kükenthal, 1895. 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout short, obtuse; lower eyelid scaly; ear-opening oval, smaller than the eye-opening, with five lobules anteriorly. Nostril between the nasal and the supranasal; frontonasal more broad than long, narrowly in contact with the rostral, broadly with the frontal; praefrontals small; frontal shorter than fronto-parietal and parietal together, in contact with the two anterior supraoculars; five supraoculars, last very small; eight supra-ciliaries; frontoparietals slightly shorter than the interparietal; parietals in contact behind the latter; a pair of nuchals and a pair of temporals; sixth upper labial largest, below the eye, separated from the latter by a series of small scales.
Body moderate; the distance between the tip of the snout and the fore limb is contained about one time and one third in the distance between axilla and groin; 36 smooth scales round the middle, subequal; praeanals not enlarged. Tail thick, more than one time and a half as long as head and body. Limbs short, not meeting when adpressed; digits short, compressed, fourth toe with 21 obtusely keeled lamellae below (de Rooij 1915: 265).

Coloration: Brown above, with opaline gloss and about seven indistinct blackish cross bands; lips with black bands, continued as V-shaped lines on the throat; sides of nape with black spots; flanks with indistinct light and dark dots and stripes. Lower parts whitish (de Rooij 1915: 265).

Size: Length of head and body 117 mm.; tail 185 mm. (After Boettger, cited in de Rooij 1915: 265). 
  • Boettger, O. 1895. Liste der Amphibien und Batrachier des Insel Halmaheira nach den Sammlungen Prof. Dr. W. Kükenthal's. Zool. Anz. 18: 116-121, 129-138 - get paper here
  • Brongersma, L.D. 1948. Lizards from the island of Morotai (Moluccas). Proc. Koninkl. Ned. Akad. Wet. Ser. C. 51: 486-495
  • 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
  • Dryden, G.L. & TAYLOR, E.H. 1969. Reptiles from the Mariana and Caroline Islands. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 48 (8): 269-279 - get paper here
  • Glässer-Trobisch, Andrea & Dietmar Trobisch 2021. Begegnungen mit Hydrosaurus & Co. in der Wallacea. Teil 3: Drachen im Vogelparadies – Halmahera. Sauria 43 (3): 23-46
  • Mertens, R. 1967. Die herpetologische Sektion des Natur-Museums und Forschungs-Institutes Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main nebst einem Verzeichnis ihrer Typen. Senckenbergiana Biologica 48: 1-106 - get paper here
  • Mittleman, M.B. 1952. A generic synopsis of the Lizards of the Subfamily Lygosominae. Smithson. misc. Collns, 117: 1-35. - get paper here
  • Setiadi, M. I. & A. Hamidy, 2006. Jenis-Jenis Herpetofauna di Pulau Halmahera. Kerjasama antara Pusat Studi Biodiversitas dan Konservasi Universitas Indonesia dan Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, Puslit Biologi Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia. - get paper here
  • Shea, Glenn M. 2018. A taxonomically and biogeographically important new record of Eugongylus Fitzinger, 1843 (Scincidae: Lygosominae) from the Maluku Archipelago, Indonesia, and the status of Lygosoma sulaense Kopstein, 1927. Hamadryad 38 (1 & 2): 1-11 - get paper here
  • Tanner, V.W. 1950. Pacific islands herpetology. No. III, Moroai Island. Great Basin Naturalist 10: 1-30 - get paper here
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