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Lipinia sekayuensis GRISMER, ISMAIL, AWANG, RIZAL & AHMAD, 2014

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Sekayu Striped Skink 
SynonymLipinia sekayuensis GRISMER, ISMAIL, AWANG, RIZAL & AHMAD 2014 
DistributionPeninsular Malaysia

Type locality: Hutan Lipur Sekayu, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia (4°58.127 N, 102°57.433 E at 33 m elevation).  
TypesHolotype: LSUHC 11593, Adult male collected by Nur Afny Syazwany Abu Zarim on 30 March 2013 at 1200 hrs 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Lipinia sekayuensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other species of Lipinia by having the combination of an adult SVL of 42.3 mm; six supralabials; five infralabials; four supraoculars; prefrontals widely separated; two loreals; fused frontoparietals; lower eyelids bearing a large, transparent disc; 21 midbody scale rows; 56 paravertertebral scale rows; 65 ventral scale rows; enlarged, precloacal scales; 10 subdigital lamellae on the third finger; 11, 15, and seven lamellae on the third, fourth, and fifth toes, respectively; distal subdigital lamellae keeled; a median row of slightly enlarged, subcaudal scales; a generally unicolor, dark-brown dorsum bearing nine very faint, diffuse, darker stripes; and an external ear opening replaced by a scaly, auditory depression. 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; & EVAN S. H. QUAH 2019. An updated and annotated checklist of the lizards of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and their adjacent archipelagos. Zootaxa 4545 (2): 230–248 - get paper here
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; LUKMAN H. B. ISMAIL, MUHAMMAD TAUFIK AWANG, <br />SYED A. RIZAL & AMIRRUDIN B. AHMAD 2014. A new species of lowland skink (genus Lipinia Gray, 1845) from northeastern Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 3821 (4): 457–464 - get paper here
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; PERRY L. JR. WOOD, MUHAMMAD F. SYAFIQ, BAIZUL H. BADLI-SHAM, SYED A. RIZAL, AMIRRUDIN B. AHMAD, EVAN S. H. QUAH 2016. On the taxonomy and phylogeny of the skinks Lipinia sekayuensis Grismer, Ismail, Awang, Rizal, & Ahmad and Lipinia surda Boulenger from Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 4147 (1): 059–066 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Poyarkov Jr., N. A., Geissler, P., Gorin, V. A., Dunayev, E. A., Hartmann, T., Suwannapoom, C. 2019. Counting stripes: revision of the Lipinia vittigera complex (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae) with description of two new species from Indochina. Zoological Research 40(5): 358-393 - get paper here
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