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Sphenomorphus senja GRISMER & QUAH, 2015

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymSphenomorphus senja GRISMER & QUAH 2015 
DistributionWest Malaysia (Pahang, Perak)

Type locality: Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, West Malaysia (04°31.105 N 101°22.571 E; at 1811m)  
TypesHolotype: LSUHC 11688, Adult male, collected on 26 April 2014 by Evan S. H. Quah.
Paratype. BM 1911.12.5.10. As noted by Boulenger (1912) the specimen was collected by Mr. J. N. Sheffield at 6,900 feet on Gunong Grah [=Gunung Gerah] in the Titiwangsa Mountain Range, Perak during August 1905. 
CommentSimilar species: Sphenomorphus malayanum 
EtymologyThe specific epithet senja is the Malay word for “twilight” or “dusk” at which time the sky above Gunung Brinchang turns vermillion orange, matching the color on the flanks of Sphenomoprhus senja sp. nov. 
  • Grismer, L.L. & Quah, E.S.H. 2015. The Rediscovery of Sphenomorphus malayanus Doria, 1888 (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Titiwangsa Mountain Range of Peninsular Malaysia and its re-description as S. senja sp. nov. Zootaxa 3931 (1): 063–070 - get paper here
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