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Lipinia cheesmanae (PARKER, 1940)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesCheesman's Lipinia 
SynonymLygosoma (Leiolopisma) cheesmanae PARKER 1940: 265
Lipinia cheesmanae — GREER 1974: 11
Lipinia cheesmanae — ZWEIFEL 1979
Lipinia cheesmanae — DAS & AUSTIN 2007 
DistributionNE Irian Jaya (Indonesia/New Guinea)

Type locality: Irian Jaya, Cyclops Mountains  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.1647 (was 1938.6.8.95 fide Parker 1940: 265) 
Diagnosis 
Comment28 midbody scale rows; five pairs of nuchals; and dorsum coppery with a middorsal row of dark spots forming an interrupted zigzag line from the occiput to tail base, and a dark lateral band along the flanks and tail, with a series of large, semicircular spots along its upper border (from DAS & AUSTIN 2007). 
EtymologyNamed after Miss Lucy Evelyn Cheesman (1881-1969), an entomologist, explorer, and traveler who made a number of expeditions to the Galapagos Islands, New Guinea, the New Hebrides, and the Solomon Islands (1924-1936). She worked for many years as a volunteer at the Natural History Museum, London, and was the first female Curator at the London Zoo. She collected the holotype of this skink. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Günther, R. 2000. In alten Sammlungen aus Neuguinea entdeckt: Zwei neue Arten der Gattung Lipinia (Squamata: Scincidae). Salamandra 36 (3): 157-174 - get paper here
  • Parker, H. W. 1940. Undescribed anatomical structures and new species of reptiles and amphibians. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (11) 5: 257-274
  • Zweifel R G 1979. Variation in the scincid lizard Lipinia noctua and notes on other Lipinia from the New Guinea region. American Museum Novitates (2676): 1-21 - get paper here
 
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