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Sphenomorphus schlegeli (DUNN, 1927)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymHomolepida schlegeli DUNN 1927: 8
Omolepida schlegeli MERTENS 1930: 158, 272
Sphenomorphus schlegeli DAREVSKY 1964: 569
Sphenomorphus oxycephalus DAREVSKY 1964: 83
Sphenomorphus schlegeli — AUFFENBERG 1980 
DistributionIndonesia (Komodo, Flores)

Type locality: Komodo, 2000 feet elevation.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 31994
Holotype: ZISP 17598, “Rintja Island in the Lesser Sundas Archipelago” [Indonesia]. Leg.: I.S. Darevsky, 13.VIII.1962 [Sphenomorphus oxycephalus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “A Homolepida with 22 smooth scales, fourth toe longer than third
and with 10 subdigital lamelae; preanals enlarged” (from DUNN 1927). 
EtymologyDunn 2917: 9 says “I thought it appropriate to associate the name of Schlegel with this species, since the name of Temminck is already associated with the Sudanese form.” Hermann Schlegel (1804-1884) was a German herpetologist.
Sphenomorphus oxycephalus was named after Greek “oxy”, sharp, peaked, cuspate and “cephal”, head, referring to the species head shape. 
  • Auffenberg W 1980. The herpetofauna of Komodo, with notes on adjacent areas. Bulletin of the Florida State Museum 25 (2): 39-156 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Darevsky, l. S. 1964. New species of scincoid lizards from the islands of Lesser Sundas Archipelago, East Indonesia [in Russian]. [Translated from Russian for the National Science Foundation Office of Science Information Services, ed. James A. Peters]. Zool. J. (Moscow) 43 (1): 80-88 [available from Smithsonian Herp Inf Serv. (7)] - get paper here
  • Darevsky, l. S. 1964. Die Reptilien der Inseln Komodo, Padar und Rintja im Kleinen Sunda-Archipel, Indonesien. Senckenbergiana biologica 43 (3/5): 563-576
  • Darevsky, l. S. 1964. Two new species of gekkonid lizards from the Komodo island in Lesser Sundas Archipelago. Zool. Anz. 173:169—174.
  • Dunn, E. R. 1927. Results of the Douglas Burden Expedition to the Island of Komodo. III.- Lizards from the East Indies. American Museum Novitates (288): 1-13 - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1930. Die Amphibien und Reptilien der Inseln Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa und Flores. Senck. Naturf. Gesell., Frankfurt am Main, Abhandl. 42(3): 117-344.
  • Peters, James A. (Editor) 1966. New species of scincid lizards from the Islands of the Lesser Sunda Archipelago (East Indonesia) by I. S. Darevskii. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (7): 1-8 - get paper here
  • Zug, George R. and Hinrich Kaiser 2014. A new species of four-toed skink (Squamata: Scincidae: Carlia peronii species group) from Pulau Sukur, Indonesia, and biogeographic notes on the herpetofauna of Flores and Komodo. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 126 (4): 379-392, doi: 10.2988/0006-324X-126.4.379 - get paper here
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