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Sphenomorphus bignelli SCHMIDT, 1932

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymSphenomorphus bignelli SCHMIDT 1932
Sphenomorphus bignelli — MCCOY 2000 
DistributionSolomon Islands: Kolombangara, New Republic of Georgia, Vangunu, Russell Islands, Guadalcanal, Ngela, Malaita.

Type locality: Kolombangara, Solomon Islands.  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 13841 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A small Sphenomorphus allied to S. minutus (Meyer), from which it is distinguished by having fewer scales around the body, a more pointed snout, larger prefrontals, and a larger number of subdigital lamellae [from SCHMIDT 1932]. 
EtymologyNamed after Charles Robert Bignell (1892-1964), a planter at Ysabel, Solomon Islands who occasionally hosted visiting biologists, inlcuding K. P. Schmidt. 
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  • McCoy, M. 2015. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Michael McCoy, Kuranda - get paper here
  • Schmidt, KP 1932. Reptiles and Amphibians from the Solomon Islands. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Zool. Ser. - 18 (9): 175-190 - get paper here
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