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Sigaloseps balios SADLIER, BAUER & WOOD, 2014

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymSigaloseps balios SADLIER, BAUER & WOOD in SADLIER et al. 2014 
DistributionNew Caledonia (S Grande Terre: summit area of Mt Humboldt)

Type locality: Massif du Humboldt 21°52’57”S 166°34’45”E at 1350 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN 2011.0287 (formerly AMS R.172612). (collected R. Sadlier & C. Beatson, 13 Oct. 2009). Paratypes: AMS R.172616 Massif du Humboldt 21°52’50”S 166°24’29”E at 1390 m (collected H. Jourdan, 13 Oct. 2009); AMS R.172620-21 Massif du Hum- boldt 21°52’50”S 166°24’29”E at 1390 m (collected R. Sadlier & C. Beatson, 15 Oct. 2009). 
CommentHabitat: dense, low maquis shrubland adjacent to high-eleva- tion humid forest. 
EtymologyThe species epithet is from the Greek balios for dappled, and alludes to the contrasting light and dark coloration on the underside of the tail characteristic of this species. 
  • SADLIER, Ross A.; Aaron M. BAUER, Perry L. WOOD Jr., Sarah A. SMITH, Anthony H. WHITAKER, Hervé JOURDAN & Todd JACKMAN 2014. Localized endemism in the southern ultramafic bio-region of New Caledonia as evidenced by the lizards in the genus Sigaloseps (Reptilia: Scincidae), with descriptions of four new species. Memoires du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 206: 79-113.
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