Marmorosphax tricolor (BAVAY, 1869)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Marmorosphax tricolor?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Lygosoma tricolor BAVAY 1869: 17|
Leiolopisma tricolor — GREER 1974
Leiolopisma tricolor — ZUG 1985
Marmorosphax tricolor — SADLIER 1987: 32
Marmorosphax tricolor — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Marmorosphax tricolor — SADLIER et al. 2006
Type locality: “Nouvelle-Calédonie” (by implication). Neotype locality: summit of Mt Aoupinie, New Caledonia.
|Types||Neotype: AMS R77750, designated by SADLIER 1987. Original Holotype, MNHN 5397, New Caledonia, presented M. Bavay, 30.x.1879; lost fide Brygoo (1985).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis of the genus Marmorosphax: The following combination of characters will distinguish Marmorosphax from all other genera in the Eugongylus group of skinks as defined by Greer (1979): frontoparietals fused; supranasal scale or postnasal suture absent; anterior loreal present as a semilunar scale failing to contact upper labials; subocular scale row complete; lower eyelid with an obvious, centrally located semi-transparent disc; ear lobules barely distinguishable from blunt conical scales around upper, lower, and posterior edges of ear opening; enlarged pairs of chinshields two, third pair of chinshields divided obliquely such that they are separated by five scales; premaxillary teeth 13; live-bearing mode of reproduction confirmed in M. tricolor and M. montana.|
|Comment||Common and fairly widespread.|
Type Species: Lygosoma tricolor BAVAY 1869 is the type species of the genus Marmorosphax SADLIER 1986.
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