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Larutia penangensis GRISMER, HUAT, SILER, CHAN, WOOD, GRISMER, SAH & AHMAD, 2011

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesPenang Island Larut Skink 
SynonymLarutia penangensis GRISMER, HUAT, SILER, CHAN, WOOD, GRISMER, SAH & AHMAD 2011 
DistributionPeninsular Malaysia (Pulau Pinang)

Type locality: Penang Hill, Pulau Pinang, Penang (05.43825° N, 100.28200°; 308m elevation), Peninsular Malaysia. Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZRC 2.6918, Juvenile of unknown sex, collected by Evan Quah, on 13 June 2010. 
CommentDiagnosis. Body elongate, snake-like; dorsal scales smooth; limbs absent; lower eyelid bearing large, transparent scales, central scale largest; four supraoculars; nasals separated; frontoparietals paired; prefrontals small, widely separated; supranasals absent; postnasal scale absent; last supralabial horizontally divided (or two post supralabials); large, posterior chinshields not separated from the infralabials by smaller scales; 120 paravertebral scale rows; 132 ventral scale rows; 18 longitudinal scale rows around midbody; caudal and body scales undifferentiated; body unicolor dark brown; no yellow nuchal bands or pale, yellow spot on frontoparietals, supraoculars, or rostrum. These characters are summarized across all species in Table 4 in GRISMER et al. 2011. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet penangensis is in reference to the type locality, Penang Island. The suffix ensis is a derivation meaning “from” or “inhabiting.” It renders the specific epithet an adjective that must be in grammatical accord with the gender of Larutia. 
References
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; EVAN QUAH SENG HUAT, CAMERON D. SILER, CHAN, K. O., PERRY L. WOOD,<br />JR., JESSE L. GRISMER, SHAHRUL ANUAR MOHD SAH & NORHAYATI AHMAD 2011. Peninsular Malaysia’s first limbless lizard: a new species of skink of the genus Larutia (Böhme) from Pulau Pinang with a phylogeny of the genus. Zootaxa 2799: 29–40 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L. 2011. Lizards of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and their adjacent archipelagos. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 728 pp. [review in Herp. Rev. 43: 155] - get paper here
 
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