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Nubeoscincus stellaris (GREER, ALLISON & COGGER, 2005)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLobulia stellaris GREER, ALLISON & COGGER 2005
Nubeoscincus stellaris — SLAVENKO et al. 2021 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: Dokfuma, West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, 05° 01’ S, 141° 06’ E, elevation 3200 m.  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R 127522 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Lobulia stellaris differs from all other species of Lobulia in having the following combination of characters: window in lower eyelid somewhat variable in size, opacity and scaliness; supralabials posterior to the subocular supralabial two; longitudinal scale rows at midbody >32, and anterior edge of the external ear opening smooth, without lobules. 
EtymologyNamed after the high altitude distribution of the species (close to the stars, Latin “stellaris”) and after its occurrence in the Star Mountains of Papua New Guinea. 
  • 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
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