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Sphenomorphus aignanus (BOULENGER, 1898)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma aignanus BOULENGER 1898
Lygosoma milnense BOULENGER 1903: 125
Lygosoma aignanum — DE ROOIJ 1915: 187
Sphenomorphus milnense — GREER & PARKER 1967
Sphenomorphus aignanus — GREER 1979
Sphenomorphus aignanus — KRAUS & ALLISON 2004
Sphenomorphus aignanus — LINKEM et al. 2010
Sphenomorphus milnense — LINKEM et al. 2010 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (incl. Misima Island, Rossel island, Louisiade Archipelago)

Type locality: St. Aignan Island., S. of Ferguson Island., D’Entrecasteaux Group.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.18.46-48 (formerly, 
CommentThis species belongs to a new genus to be described, as it nests within the Eugongylini, fide Chapple et al. 2023. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1898. Third report on additions to the lizard collection in the Natural History Museum. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1898: 912-923. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1903. Descriptions of new reptiles from British New Guinea. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1: 125-129 - get paper here
  • Chapple, D., Chapple, S., Smith, S., Shea, G., Brennan, I., & Sadlier, R. 2023. Phylogenetic relationships in the Eugongylini (Squamata: Scincidae): generic limits and biogeography. Australian Journal of Zoology 70(6): 165–203 - get paper here
  • Greer, A. E. 1979. A phylogenetic subdivision of Australian skinks. Rec. Austral. Mus. 32: 339-371 - get paper here
  • Greer,A.E. & PARKER,F. 1967. A second skink with fragmented head scales from Bougainville, Solomon Islands. Breviora (279): 1-12 - get paper here
  • Kraus, Fred; Allison, Allen. 2004. New records of reptiles and amphibians from Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Herpetological Review 35: 413-418 - get paper here
  • Linkem, C.W.; Diesmos, A.C.; Brown, R.M. 2010. A NEW SPECIES OF SCINCID LIZARD (GENUS SPHENOMORPHUS) FROM PALAWAN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES. Herpetologica 66 (1): 67–79 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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