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Sphenomorphus longicaudatus (DE ROOIJ, 1915)

IUCN Red List - Sphenomorphus longicaudatus - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma longicaudatum DE ROOIJ 1915: 220
Sphenomorphus longicaudatus — GREER & PARKER 1974
Sphenomorphus longicaudatus — GREER & SHEA 2004 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: S. New Guinea (Lorentz river)  
TypesHolotype: ZMA.RENA 11033 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: This is a rather large member of the fasoiatus subgroup (up to 94 mm SVL) and within the subgroup it is unique in combining a relatively low midbody scale row count (26- 28) with a relatively high numbered supralabial - the sixth - in the position directly below the eye [GREER & PARKER 1974: 34] 
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp. - get paper here
  • Greer, A. E. & F. Parker 1974. The fasciatus group of Sphenomorphus (Lacertilia: Scincidae): notes on eight previously described species and description of three new species. Papua New Guin. Sci. Soc. Proc. [1973] 25: 31-61.
  • Greer, A.E. & Shea, G. 2004. A new character within the taxonomically difficult Sphenomorphus group of Lygosomine skinks, with a description of a new species from New Guinea. Journal of Herpetology 38 (1): 79-87 - get paper here
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