Nannoscincus humectus BAUER & SADLIER, 2000
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Nannoscincus humectus BAUER & SADLIER 2000: 245|
Nannoscincus humectus — SADLIER, BAUER & WHITAKER, 2002
Nannoscincus humectus — SADLIER et al. 2014
Type locality: Forêt Plate (600-700 m elevation), 21° 07’ S, 165° 07’ E
|Reproduction||oviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: MNHN-RA 1997.3797 (formerly AMS R 149489)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Nannoscincus humectus can be distinguished from all other members of the genus by the following combination of characters: frontoparietals fused; loreal single; left oviduct lost in females; lower eyelid with a semi-translucent window; ear opening minute; body scales smooth; adult dorsal colour distinctly lighter than lateral; ear opening positioned 3 scales posterior to lower secondary temporal; presacral vertebrae 30-32; phalangeal formula for pes 126.96.36.199.3 (Sadlier et al. 2002: 246).|
DESCRIPTION. Based on 17 specimens in the AMS (16 adults and one subadult). Measurements are given for adults only, and scalation and osteology for all specimens unless otherwise stated.
Measurements: maximum SVL 36 mm; distance from axilla to groin 59.4-66.7% of SVL (
Scalation: prefrontals very small and widely separated (91%), rarely absent; supraciliaries 7 (94%), rarely 8 or 6; ear opening positioned 3 scales posterior to lower secondary temporal; body scales smooth; midbody scale rows 20-24 (
Osteology: presacral vertebrae 30-32 «)0.= 31.1, sd. = 0.57, n = 16); postsacral vertebrae 25 on individual with most complete tail; formula for manus and pes 188.8.131.52.3 and 184.108.40.206.3 respectively.
Colouration: dorsal colour light to mid brown, with or without dark flecks that are either irregularly distributed or aligned along vertebral axis to form rough longitudinal lines; nape usually with a pale blotch with dark markings posteriorly. Lateral surface darker than dorsal, unmarked. Dorsal and lateral surfaces defined by a dark brown to black (darker than lateral colour) dorsolateral stripe, pale-edged above. Dark dorsolateral stripe extending from back of eye (inflected over tympanic region) to level of hindlimbs, breaking up and becoming poorly defined along tail. Head slightly darker at sides than adjacent areas of body, dark coloration extending around lower edge of rostral scale and inflecting upwards to form a dark midrostral streak in boldly marked individuals, subocular labials with pale markings. Ventral surface pale with scattered brown markings at ventrolateral edge and regular brown markings to throat region, in life with a yellow flush in some individuals (Sadlier et al. 2002: 246).
|Comment||The original description was supposed to appear as SADLIER, BAUER & WHITAKER, 2000. However, BAUER & SADLIER’s monograph (2000) was published earlier and therefore has to be considered as original description.|
Distribution: see map in SADLIER et al. 2014: 54.
|Etymology||Named after LAtin “humectus”, for moist, alluding to the habitat.|
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