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Sphenomorphus mimikanus (BOULENGER, 1914)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma mimikanum BOULENGER 1914: 257
Lygosoma (Parotosaurus) mimikanum — DE ROOIJ 1915: 169
Otosaurus mimikanum — SMITH 1937: 218
Otosaurus mimikanus — MITTLEMAN 1952
Sphenomorphus mimikanus — LINKEM et al. 2010
Sphenomorphus mimikanum — FELDMAN et al. 2015 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: Mimika River  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.15.11 (formerly 1915.10.31.130), Mimika River, Dutch New Guinea, collected British Ornithological Union Expedition. 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout short, obtuse; lower eyelid scaly; ear-opening large, oval, smaller than the eye-opening, the tympanum deeply sunk, no lobules. Nostril in the nasal; a very small triangular supra-nasal between the frontonasal, the nasal and the postnasal; frontonasal more broad than long, in contact with the rostral and with the single praefrontal (the praefrontals being fused in the only known specimen); frontal narrowed behind, as long as frontoparietals and interparietal together, in contact with the first supraciliary and the three anterior supraoculars; seven supraoculars, first longest, last very small; twelve supraciliaries, first largest; frontoparietals a little larger than the interparietal; parietals in contact; three pair of nuchals; fifth to seventh upper labials below the eye. Body stout; the distance between the tip of the snout and the fore limb is contained one time and one third in that between axilla and groin; 40 smooth scales round the middle, dorsals largest, laterals smallest; prae-anals enlarged. Limbs strong, the hind limb reaches the elbow; digits short, compressed, fourth toe with 15 or 16 lamellae below, most of them obtusely keeled (de Rooij 1917: 169).

Coloration: Reddish-brown above, spotted with brown, the spots forming numerous irregular transverse series; a dark brown spot behind and below the eye; lips light, with dark brown spots. Lower parts white (de Rooij 1917: 169).

Size: Length of head and body 90 mm.; tail (reprod.) 105 mm (de Rooij 1917: 169). 
CommentPreliminary entry. Current status/name unclear. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1914. An annotated list of the batrachians and reptiles collected by the British Ornithologists' Union Expedition and the Wollaston Expedition in Dutch New Guinea. Trans. Zool. Soc. London 20 (5): 247-275 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mittleman, M.B. 1952. A generic synopsis of the Lizards of the Subfamily Lygosominae. Smithson. misc. Collns, 117: 1-35. - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Whitaker, R.; Whitaker,Z. & Mills,D. 1982. Reptiles of Papua New Guinea. Wildlife in New Guinea (82/2): 1-53
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