Ornithuroscincus nototaenia (BOULENGER, 1914)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ornithuroscincus nototaenia?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Lygosoma nototaenia BOULENGER 1914: 256|
Lygosoma (Hinulia) nototaenia — DE ROOIJ 1915: 181
Sphenomorphus nototaenia — LOVERIDGE 1948
Lipinia nototaenia — SHEA & GREER 2002
Lipinia nototaenia — DAS & AUSTIN 2007
Ornithuroscincus nototaenia — SLAVENKO et al. 2021
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea|
Type locality: Launch Camp, Setekwa River; now Southern Irian Jaya.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 1922.214.171.124|
|Diagnosis||Description: Snout short, obtuse; lower eyelid scaly; ear-opening oval, smaller than the eye-opening, no lobules. Nostril in the nasal; no supranasals; frontonasal more broad than long, in contact with the rostral and with the frontal; latter as long as frontoparietals and interparietal together, in contact with the two anterior supraoculars; four supraoculars; eight supraciliaries; fronto- parietals and interparietal equal; parietals in contact; a pair of temporals and three pair of nuchals; fifth upper labial below the eye. Body with 24 smooth scales round the middle, the two vertebral series enlarged, more than twice as broad as long; the distance between the tip of the snout and the fore limb is contained one time and a half in that between axilla and groin; praeanals enlarged. Tail thick, about one time and one third the length of head and body. Limbs short, overlapping when adpressed; digits short, compressed, fourth toe with 18 smooth lamellae below (de Rooij 1915: 181).|
Coloration: Reddish-brown above, with a broad blackish-brown vertebral streak, sometimes broken up into spots; a light dorso-lateral streak, edged below with blackish; flanks, sides of head, and limbs blackish-brown, dotted with white; tail reddish-brown with a series of dark spots on each side, the spots separated by light vertical lines. Lower parts brownish-white,tail spotted with brown (de Rooij 1915: 181).
Size: Length of head and body 48 mm; tail (reproduced) 62 mm (de Rooij 1915: 181).
|Comment||SVL to 47.5 mm; external ear opening present; 24–25 midbody scale rows; 52–55 longitudinal scale rows between parietals and base of tail; seven supralabials (from DAS & AUSTIN 2007).|
Has been confused with Sphenomorphus minutus.
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