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Lipinia nitens (PETERS, 1871)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma (Mocoa) nitens PETERS 1871: 573
Lygosoma (Liolepisma) nitens — SHELFORD 1901: 54
Scincella nitens — MITTLEMAN 1952
Sphenomorphus nitens — BAUER et al. 1995: 64
Lipinia nitens — DAS & GREER 2002
Lipinia nitens — DAS & AUSTIN 2007 
DistributionMalaysia (Sarawak, Borneo)

Type locality: “Sarawak”  
TypesHolotype: MSNG 27975 
DiagnosisDescription: a small member of the genus, SVL to 33.6 mm; two enlarged paravertebral scale rows; external ear opening replaced by a scaly dimple; subcaudal scales enlarged; dorsal surface metallic green; sides of body spotted with black and green; and pale yellow vertebral stripe, with jagged edged black lines, one on each side from supraorbital to tail base (from DAS & AUSTIN 2007).

Lipinia nitens lacks an external ear opening, having in its place a scaly dimple; only six supralabials, with the fourth subocular; longitudinal scale rows at midbody 22; a distinct colour pattern, with dark paravertebral and lateral stripes, especially on the anterior of the trunk. 
  • Bauer, A.M.; Günther,R. & Klipfel,M. 1995. The herpetological contributions of Wilhelm C.H. Peters (1815-1883). SSAR Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, 714 pp.
  • Das , I. 2004. Lizards of Borneo. Natural History Publications, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
  • Das, I. & Austin, C.C. 2007. New Species of Lipinia (Squamata: Scincidae) from Borneo, Revealed by Molecular and Morphological Data. Journal of Herpetology 41 (1): 61 - get paper here
  • Das, I. & Greer, A.E. 2002. Lipinia nitens (Peters, 1871): discovery of a second specimen and a redescription of the holotype. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 50 (2): 483-486 - get paper here
  • Mittleman, M.B. 1952. A generic synopsis of the Lizards of the Subfamily Lygosominae. Smithson. misc. Collns, 117: 1-35. - get paper here
  • Peters, W. 1871. Uber neue Reptilien aus Ostafrika und Sarawak (Borneo), vorzüglich aus der Sammlung des Hrn. Marquis J. Doria zu Genua. Mber. k. preuss. Akad. Wiss., Berlin [1871]: 566-581 - get paper here
  • Shelford, R. 1901. A list of the reptiles of Borneo. Journal of the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (35-36): 43- - get paper here
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