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Sphenomorphus nigrolineatus (BOULENGER, 1897)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma nigrolineatum BOULENGER 1897: 6
Lygosoma (Hinulia) nigrolineatum — DE ROOIJ 1915: 183
Sphenomorphus nigrolineatus — GREER & PARKER 1974
Sphenomorphus nigrolineatus — GREER & SHEA 2004
Sphenomorphus nigrolineata — PYRON & BURBRINK 2013 
DistributionSE Papua New Guinea (Owen Stanley Range)

Type locality: Owen Stanley Range in SE Papua New Guinea  
ReproductionOviparous. 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.3.50 (formerly 96.10.31.7), Mt Victoria, Owen Stanley Ranges, New Guinea, collected A.S. Anthony. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. This is the only member of the fasciatus subgroup with the following combination of characters: 26 - 30 longitudinal scale rows at midbody; prefrontals separated, and a distinct dark dorsolateral stripe [GREER & PARKER 1974].
 
Comment(communicated by J. Hallermann).

Abundance: rare. GREER & PARKER 1974 state that “since its description, no other specimens have been discussed in the literature”. However, R. Mackay and Parker collected 47 additional specimens in the foothills of the Owen Stanley Range behind Port Moresby (all in MCZ now).

Type: not in BMNH (P. Campbell, pers. comm., 7 July 2014). 
Etymology 
References
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1897. Descriptions of new lizards and frogs from Mount Victoria, Owen Stanley Range, New Guinea, collected by Mr A. S. Anthony. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (6) 19: 6-13 - 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.
  • 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
  • Pyron, R. Alexander; Frank T. Burbrink 2013. Early origin of viviparity and multiple reversions to oviparity in squamate reptiles. Ecology Letters 17 (1): 13–21 (published online 2013, in print 2014), DOI: 10.1111/ele.12168 - get paper here
 
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