Sphenomorphus brunneus GREER & PARKER, 1974
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Sphenomorphus brunneus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Sphenomorphus brunneus GREER & PARKER 1974|
Sphenomorphus brunneus — GREER & SHEA 2004
|Distribution||SC Papua New Guinea (from 0 to 4500 ft elevation)|
Type locality: Karimui, Chimbu district, Papua New Guinea.
|Types||Holotype: MCZ R-100546; paratypes: MCZ, AMNH, PNGM|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Four species of the fasciatus subgroup include individuals that would fit the following description: external ear opening well developed; 5th supralabial below centre of eye; 26 - 28 longitudinal scale rows at midbody; 16 - 22 subdigital lamellae on 4th toe, and generally 3 - 4 enlarged nuchal scales on either side of midline. The four species are nigrolineatus, oligolepis, undulatus (including amboinse, aruanum, and dammermani) and brunneus and all occur in New Guinea.|
S. brunneus differs from nigrolineatus and unduZatus mainly in colourpattern and size: brunneus has a relatively uniform brown dorsal coloration (Figure 6) and reaches a SVL of 87 mm whereas nigrolineatus has dark pigment concentrated in the dorsolateral line (Figure 3) and reaches a SVL of only 75 mm and l.l1ldu.Zatus has a dorsal colour pattern of light and dark crossbands and reaches a SVL of only 62 mm. S. oZigoZepis has a rather uniform colour pattern like brunneus, but it is a much smaller species (maximum SVL = 55 mm) and is not known to have more than 16 subdigital lamellae on the 4th toe (16 - 22 in brunneus).
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