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Sphenomorphus pratti (BOULENGER, 1903)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma pratti BOULENGER 1903
Sphenomorphus pratti — MYS 1988: 145
Sphenomorphus pratti — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995 
DistributionPapua New Guinea, New Britain, New Hanover, Bismarck Archipelago

Type locality: Dinawa, Owen Stanley Range, 4000 feet (elevation)  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.3.18 (formerly 1903.3.10.12), Dinawa, Owen Stanley Range, 4000', New Guinea, collected A.E. Pratt 
CommentStatus unclear. Closely related to S. loriae and S. wollastoni. 
Etymologynamed after the collector of the types, Mr. A. E. Pratt. 
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  • Boulenger, G.A. 1903. Descriptions of new reptiles from British New Guinea. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1: 125-129 - get paper here
  • GOLDBERG, STEPHEN R. 2022. SPHENOMORPHUS PRATTI (Pratt’s Forest Skink). REPRODUCTION. Herpetological Review 53(3): 501–502.
  • Mys, Benoit 1988. The zoogeography of the scincid lizards from North Papua New Guinea (Reptilia: Scincidae). I. The distribution of the species. Bull. Inst. Roy. Sci. Nat. Belgique (Biologie) 58: 127-183
  • 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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