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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymOrnithuroscincus inornatus SLAVENKO, TAMAR, TALLOWIN, KRAUS, ALLISON, CARRANZA & MEIRI 2021
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Morobe Province)

Type locality: Papua New Guinea, Morobe Province, north slope of Mt Strong, Kesemani (7.9372°S, 147.0544°E), 1733 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: BPBM 41226 (field tag AA 21402), collected by A. Allison, on 23 February 2012.

DiagnosisDiagnosis: A moderate-sized species of Ornithuroscincus (adult SVL 47.9 mm), characterized by the unique combination of short limbs (forelimbs 32.7% of SVL, hindlimbs 41.2% of SVL); frontoparietals separate; nuchals two pairs; paravertebral scales 51; mid-body scale rows 35; 4th digit on front foot no longer than 3rd; subdigital lamellae 21 under 4th toe; single supradigital scales three on 4th toe; dorsal coloration uniform light brown; dorsolateral stripes present as thick, one to two scales wide, unfragmented stripes extending from orbital region to tail, becoming gradually thicker posteriorly, pale brown in preservative, pale green-yellow in life; dark brown lateral field present, lightly speckled with spots, pale blue in preservative, light brown in life; lateral field breaking up to brown spots ventrally; ventral surfaces uniform pale blue in preservative, with dark brown spotting on the thighs, precloacal region and tail; in life, ventral surfaces are green-yellow, becoming lemon yellow on the thighs and base of tail; palmar and plantar surfaces light brown in preservative, dark yellow in life. (Slavenko et al. 2021). 
CommentSimilar species: O. sabini, O. pterophilus, O. viridis. 
EtymologyCombined masculine adjectival form of the Latin in, not, and ornatus, decorated, referring to its bland and simple colour pattern compared to other members of the genus. 
  • 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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