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Sphenomorphus schultzei (VOGT, 1911)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma (Hinulia) schultzei VOGT 1911: 416
Lygosoma (Hinulia) schultzei — DE ROOIJ 1915: 184
Lygosoma beauforti DE JONG 1927
Lygosoma beauforti — DAAN & HILLENIUS 1966: 132
Sphenomorphus schultzei — GREER 1973
Sphenomorphus schultzei — GREER & SHEA 2004 
DistributionIndonesia (Irian Jaya),
Papua New Guinea (Sepik River, Sermowai River). See map in Greer 1973.

Type locality: unnamed mountain at an elevation of 1570 m in the region of the Sepik River below 5° latitude (fide Greer 1973).

beauforti: Papua New Guinea (Irian Jaya); Type locality: Parana valley, NW New Guinea.  
TypesSyntypes: ZMA.RENA 22135, 22135A, Sepik River, German New Guinea, collected L. Schultze.
Holotype: ZMA 12078 [beauforti] 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout pointed; lower eyelid scaly; ear-opening almost as large as the eye, no lobules. Nostril in the nasal; no supranasals; a single anterior loreal; frontonasal broadly in contact with the rostral, which reaches far posteriorly; praefrontals forming a suture; frontal longer than the interparietal, pointed
posteriorly; five supraoculars; seven supraciliaries; frontoparietals a little shorter than the interparietal; parietals in contact; four pair of nuchals; six upper labials, fourth below the eye, five lower labials. Body slender, with 20-22 scales round the middle, the two vertebral series largest; praeanal scales strongly enlarged. Tail thick, a little longer than head and body. Limbs short, not meeting when adpressed; digits well developed, fourth toe with 12 lamellae below (de Rooij 1915: 184)

Coloration: Dark brown above, a dark brown dorso-lateral band; flanks brown, with whitish vermiculations, bordered below by a series of black spots; lips dark brown, spotted with white. Lower parts pale brown; throat, praeanals and tail spotted with dark (de Rooij 1915: 184)

Size: Length of head and body 29 mm.; tail 34 mm (de Rooij 1915: 184) 
CommentSynonymy: GREER & PARKER 1974 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Leonhard Schultze-Jena (1872-1955), a German geographer, zoologist, botanist, philologist, and ethnographer. He was Professor of Geography at Philipps-Universität Marburg (1913-1937) who travelled to New Guinea and Central America. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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. - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1973. Two new lygosomine skinks from New Guinea with comments on the loss of the external ear in lygosomines and observations on previously described species. Breviora (406): 1-25 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Vogt,T. 1911. Reptilien und Amphibien aus Neu-Guinea. Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturf. Freunde 1911 (9): 410-420
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