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Lobulia brongersmai (ZWEIFEL, 1972)

IUCN Red List - Lobulia brongersmai - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Brongersma's Lobulia 
SynonymLeiolopisma brongersmai ZWEIFEL 1972
Lobulia brongersmai — GREER 1974
Lobulia brongersmai — MYS 1988: 140
Lobulia brongersmai — GREER et al. 2005
Lobulia brongersmai — SLAVENKO et al. 2021 
DistributionNew Guinea (lowlands below 1340 m elevation)

Type locality: Wanuma, Adelbert Mountains, elevation 670 m (2200 ft), Madang District, Territory of Papua and New Guinea.  
Reproductionviviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: AMNH 105621 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A lizard of the genus Leiolopisma(in the sense of Greer, 1970a) that differs from other Leiolopisma of the New Guinea region in possessing the following combination of characters: maximum length from snout to vent, 59 mm; a single frontoparietal scale; 28 to 32 scales around midbody and 46 to 51 from occiput to rump; three or four rounded scales projecting from the anterior margin of the ear opening; dorsal colour pattern without light striping. Comparisons with similar species are made in a following section. 
EtymologyNamed after Leo Daniel Brongersma (1907-1994) [obituary in Copeia 1995: 513 and Zool. Med. Leiden 69: 177]. 
  • Allison A; Greer A E 1986. Egg shells with pustulate surface structures: basis for a new genus of New Guinea skinks (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Journal of Herpetology 20 (1): 116-119 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E.; Allison, A. & Cogger, H.G. 2005. Four new species of Lobulia (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from high altitude in New Guinea. Herpetological Monographs 19: 153-179 - get paper here
  • Slavenko, Alex, Karin Tamar, Oliver J. S. Tallowin, Fred Kraus, Allen Allison, Salvador Carranza & Shai Meiri. 2021. Revision of the montane New Guinean skink genus Lobulia (Squamata: Scincidae), with the description of four new genera and nine new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 195 (1): 220–278 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
  • Zweifel,R.G. 1972. A new scincid lizard of the genus Leiolopisma from New Guinea. Zoologische Mededelingen 47: 530-539 - get paper here
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