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Lygisaurus curtus (BOULENGER, 1897)

IUCN Red List - Lygisaurus curtus - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma curtum BOULENGER 1897: 9
Lygosoma curtum — DE ROOIJ 1915: 245
Leiolopisma novae-guinae — PARKER 1936: 87
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) novaeguineae — LOVERIDGE 1948: 365
Carlia novaeguineae — COGGER et al. 1983: 139
Lygisaurus curtus — INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1988: 351
Carlia curta — KRAUS 2007
Lygisaurus curtus — DOLMAN & HUGALL 2008 
DistributionE Papua New Guinea

Type locality: Mount Victoria, Owen Stanley Range. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesTypes: BMNH 1946.8.17.85-88 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentVariation: KRAUS 2007 provides a detailed discussion of the variation in this species.

Distribution: see map in KRAUS 2007. 
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1897. Descriptions of new lizards and frogs from Mount Victoria, Owen Stanley Range, New Guinea, collected by Mr A. S. Anthony. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (6) 19: 6-13 - get paper here
  • Cogger H.G., Cameron EE & Cogger HM 1983. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Volume 1: AMPHIBIA AND REPTILIA. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp.
  • Dolman, Gaynor & Andrew F. Hugall 2008. Combined mitochondrial and nuclear data enhance resolution of a rapid radiation of Australian rainbow skinks (Scincidae: Carlia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49 (3): 782-794 - get paper here
  • Ingram G; Covacevich J 1988. Revision of the genus Lygisaurus de Vis (Scincidae: Reptilia) in Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 25 (2): 335-354
  • Kraus, F. 2007. Taxonomic partitioning within Papuan members of the Carlia novaeguineae complex (Squamata: Scincidae). Journal of Herpetology 41: 410–423
  • Loveridge, A. 1948. New Guinean reptiles and amphibians in the Museum of Comparative Zoology and United States National Museum. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 101 (2): 305-430. - get paper here
  • Parker, H.W. 1936. A collection of reptiles and amphibians from the mountains of British New Guinea. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (10) 17: 66-93
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