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Sphenomorphus minutus (MEYER, 1874)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma minuta MEYER 1874
Lygosoma (Hinulia) minuta — SAUVAGE 1879: 53
Lygosoma (Hinulia) minutum — DE ROOIJ 1915: 181
Lygosoma comtum ROUX 1927: 119 (fide SHEA & GREER 1999)
Lygosoma minutum obtusirostrum DE JONG 1927: 312
Lygosoma minutum rotundirostrum DE JONG 1927: 313
Sphenomorphus minutus — MYS 1988: 144
Sphenomorphus minutus — READ 1998 
DistributionIndonesia: Irian Jaya and Yapen; possibly Morotai (Endemic to New Guinea.)  
TypesHolotype: lost; formerly in MTD, Staatl. Mus. für Tierkunde Dresden, Realkatalog 308 (no longer extant; destroyed during World War II fide SHEA & GREER 1999)
Holotype: NMBA = NHMB [comtum] 
  • Daan, S. & Hillenius,D. 1966. Catalogue of the type specimens of amphibians and reptiles in the Zoological Museum, Amsterdam. Beaufortia 13: 117-144
  • De JONG,J.K. 1927. Reptiles from Dutch New Guinea. Nova Guinea 15 (3): 296-318
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp.
  • Kramer, Eugen 1979. Typenkatalog der Echsen im Naturhistorischen Museum Basel (BM), Stand 1978. [type catalogue] Revue Suisse de Zoologie 86 (1): 159-166 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1948. New Guinean reptiles and amphibians in the Museum of Comparative Zoology and United States National Museum. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 101 (2): 305-430. - get paper here
  • Meyer, A.B. 1874. Übersicht über die von mir auf Neu-Guinea und den Inseln Jobi, Mysore und Mafoor im Jahre 1873 gesammelten Amphibien. Monatsber. K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1874: 128-140 - get paper here
  • Read, John L. 1998. Reptiles and amphibians of the Kau Wildlife Area near Madang: a valuable conservation resource. Science in New Guinea 23 (3): 145-152
  • Roux, Jean 1927. Addition à la faune erpétologique de la Nouvelle-Guinée. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 34: 119-125 - get paper here
  • Sauvage, H. E. 1879. Notice sur quelques reptiles nouveaux ou peu connus de la Nouvelle-Guinee. [Elania annulata]. Bull. Soc. philom. Paris (7) 3: 47-61 - get paper here
  • Shea, Glenn M. and Allen E. Greer. 1999. The identity of two little-known skinks from New Guinea, Sphenomorphus wirzi (Roux, 1919) and Sphenomorphus comtus (Roux, 1927). Journal of Herpetology 33 (3): 507-511 - get paper here
  • Werner, F. 1901. Ueber Reptilien und Batrachier aus Ecuador und Neu-Guinea. Verh. Zool.-bot. Ges. Wien 51: 593-614
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