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Papuascincus buergersi (VOGT, 1932)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma buergersi VOGT 1932: 292
Emoia buergersi — SMITH 1937: 227
Emoia buergersi — GREER 1974: 20
Lobulia buergersi — GREER 1974
Papuascincus buergersi — ALLISON & GREER 1986
Papuascincus buergersi — SLAVENKO et al. 2020
Papuascincus buergersi — SLAVENKO et al. 2021 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: Sepik River area, Papua New Guinea.  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 25687, 25753, 25753A-F (BROWN 1991) 
CommentSynonymy: BROWN 1991 (preliminarily) synonymized Lygosoma buergersi VOGT 1932) with Emoia atrocostata. However, it is “clearly not a synonym of Emoia atrocostata, and are not even congeneric with it” (Glenn Shea, pers. comm., 16 Apr 2017).

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
  • Allison A; Greer A E 1986. Egg shells with pustulate surface structures: basis for a new genus of New Guinea skinks (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Journal of Herpetology 20 (1): 116-119 - get paper here
  • Brown W C 1991. Lizards of the genus Emoia (Scincidae) with observations on their evolution and biogeography. MEMOIRS OF THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (No. 15) 1991: i-vi, 1-94 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Vogt,T. 1932. Beitrag zur Reptilienfauna der ehemaligen Kolonie Deutsch-Neuguinea. Sitzungsber. Gesell. Naturf. Freunde Berlin 5-7: 281-294
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