Lioscincus vivae SADLIER, BAUER, WHITAKER & SMITH, 2004
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Lioscincus vivae SADLIER, BAUER, WHITAKER & SMITH 2004|
Lioscincus vivae — SADLIER et al. 2015
Type locality: New Caledonia, Province Nord, Massif de Kopéto, Mont Vert, 21°10 22.4 S 165°02 14.6 E (elevation 720m).
|Reproduction||oviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: MNHN-RA 2003.1003 (formerly AMS R163227): adult female; collected by A. H. Whitaker and V.A. Whitaker, 25 October 2002; paratypes at AMS and CAS|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Lioscincusvivae, sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other members of its genus except L. steindachneri by the following combination of characters: frontoparietals fused; anterior loreal elliptical and in narrow contact with upper labials; lower eyelid with an obvious, centrally located semi-transparent disc; each parietal scale bordered by an upper secondary tempo- ral scale and two more or less similar sized scales not noticeably larger than adjacent dorsal scales; body scales smooth.|
Lioscincusvivae, sp. nov. is readily distinguished from Lioscincus steindachneri in having: anterior loreal contacting upper labials (vs usually present as a semilunar scale positioned off postero-dorsal edge of enlarged nasal scale and failing to contact labials); labials below eye separated from contact with lower eyelid by a complete subocular row of scales (vs fifth upper labial scale contacting lower eyelid); more paravertebral scale rows (62–65 vs 57–60); color pattern distinctly two-toned with a white midlateral stripe anteriorly with a white midlateral stripe on head and neck (males) or full length (females) of body (vs a pattern of transverse bars with no white midlateral stripe).
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet is a matronym honoring Vivienne (“Viv”) Whitaker, who collected the holotype and two of the paratypes and who made a major contribution to our field research in northwestern Grand Terre.|
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