Lipinia inexpectata DAS & AUSTIN, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lipinia inexpectata?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Lipinia inexpectata DAS & AUSTIN 2007|
Saiphos quadrivittatum — DE ROOIJ 1915: 271
Saiphos quadrivittatum — TAYLOR 1963: 1053
Lipinia quadrivittata — GREER 1974: 11
Lipinia quadrivittata — BROWN & ALCALA 1980: 85
Lipinia sp. — DAS 2004
|Distribution||Indonesia (Borneo, Celebes)|
Type locality: Pulau Manukan (05°58’N; 115°59’E), Kota Kinabalu District, Sabah, East Malaysia Map legend:
- Type locality.
|Types||Holotype: ZRC 2.5728 (field number ID– 7191; holotype); C. C. Austin and I. Das, collectors, 5 |
December 2000. Adult female (with paired shelled ova in the oviducts).
|Comment||Populations of L. inexpectata from Borneo have been previously described as L. quadrivittata.|
Diagnosis.—A small (SVL to 40.6 mm) species of Lipinia, diagnosable from congeneric species in having the following combination of characters: external ear opening absent; lower eyelid with a clear spectacle; 20 midbody scale rows; 46–50 longitudinal scale rows between parietals and base of tail; 16–17 lamellae under toe IV; 6 supralabials; 6–7 infralabials; 68–74 subcaudals; dorsum tan brown with dark gray brown stripes; dorsum tan brown with a series of dark gray brown stripes; a series of dark spots arranged in a longitudinal series bilaterally on each outer side of the paravertebral stripes; labials unbarred; venter yellowish-cream with pale gray smudges, and a unique cytb gene sequence.
|Etymology||Etymology.—The species name (an adjective in feminine form) refers to the unexpected nature of the discovery of the type series. This species was referred to Lipinia quadrivittata for 90 years since the work of de Rooij (1915).|
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