Lygisaurus novaeguineae (MEYER, 1874)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lygisaurus novaeguineae?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||? Lygosoma (Carlia) novaeguineae MEYER 1874|
? Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) novae-guinae [sic] — SMITH 1937: 225
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) novae-guinae — BRONGERSMA 1948: 491
Carlia novaeguineae — COGGER 1983: 139
Lygisaurus novaeguineae — WHITING et al. 2003
Carlia novaeguineae — KRAUS 2007
Lygisaurus novaeguineae — DOLMAN & HUGALL 2008
|Distribution||Australia (Queensland), SW Papua New Guinea, Indonesia (Halmahera)|
Type locality: Islands of Torres Straits, Qld. (Rubi, New Guinea, fide G.M. Shea, pers. comm., 2 March 2014). Neotype locality: Nabire, south coast of Cenderawasih (Geelvink) Bay, New Guinea, Indonesia (3.37° S, 135.48° E)
|Types||Neotype, BPBM 3768, (JL Gressitt, 9.vii.1962), designated by Kraus 2007. J. Herpetol. 41: 410-423. Original holotype: MTD = Dresden, destroyed during WW2 (Obst, 1977).|
|Comment||Synonymy: Carlia novaeguineae has been synonymized with L. macfarlani but more recently considered as a valid species (Kraus 2007, Dolman & Hugall 2008). Carlia novaeguineae “has been traditionally known by the name novaeguinee (Boulenger 1887; Mitchell 1953; Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983). Meyer's (1874) description of Lygosoma (Carlia) Novae Guinea is brief and not helpful for identifying the taxon described. Also the holotype is missing (Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983).|
Meyer's description, translated from German, is as follows: “Distinguished from C.melanopogon Gray by its brown violet metallic shimmering colour on the upper side and is black spotted on the head. Throat white and their is a white stripe under the eye. The white stripes on the scales of melanopogon never anterior. Body scales not small, in 23 rows. New Guinea.”
Although uninformative, the description of the colour and pattern does not match the colour and pattern of L. macfarlani, which does not have a white stripe under the eye. Neither does it match that of L. curtus of New Guinea. L. curtus (Boulenger 1897) is a good species by its robust form and the presence of a dark streak beginning at the nostril and continuing back 'through' the eye to the rear. A black streak is not mentioned by Meyer.
In summary, the species name novaeguineae cannot be applied convincingly to any of the Lygisaurus known from New Guinea. Clarification of the identity of the name will require review of the large collections of Lygisaurus species from that country." [from INGRAM & COVACEVICH 1988].
Not listed by COGGER 2014.
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|