Larutia larutensis (BOULENGER, 1900)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Black Larut Skink, Larut Hills Larut Skink|
G: Schwarzer Larutskink
|Synonym||Lygosoma larutense BOULENGER 1900|
Lygosoma larutense — SMEDLEY 1931: 112
Lygosoma larutense — SMITH 1937: 221
Larutia larutensis — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 264
Larutia larutensis — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 136
Larutia larutensis — GRISMER 2011
Larutia larutense — PYRON & BURBRINK 2013
|Distribution||West Malaysia (Perak, Kedah)|
Type locality: Maxwell’s Hill, Larut, 3000 feet elevation [Perak, West Malaysia]
|Comment||Limbs reduced with only 2 toes.|
Type species: Lygosoma larutense BOULENGER 1900 is the type species of the genus Larutia BÖHME 1981.
DIAGNOSIS (genus): Supranasal scales absent, median pair of preanal scales enlarged, external ear opening absent. A postorbital bone present, Meckel's groove open. Body attenuate with small limbs, number of digits and toes reduced, the limbs being tetradactyle (one species), didactyle (three species) or didactyle in front and toeless behind (one species) (camp. tab. I). Colour pattern with longitudinal stripes (four species) or crossbands on the hindpart of head and neck (one species) [after Greer’s (1977: 533 f.) definition of his taxonomically informal «larutense group; from BÖHME 1981]. The only species with more than 2 digits, Larutia osellai, has been moved to Leptoseps, so that all species have 2 or fewer digits.
Type: not in BMNH (P. Campbell, pers. comm., 7 July 2014).
|Etymology||ETYMOLOGY (genus): The name Larutia (being feminine) is a tautonymy corresponding to the oldest available species name (larutensis) designated as the type species. It is derived from the Larut province, Malaysia.|
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