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Sphenomorphus sheai NGUYEN, NGUYEN, VAN DEVENDER, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER, 2013

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Shea’s Forest Skink
G: Sheas Bodenskink
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn phê-nô shea 
SynonymSphenomorphus sheai NGUYEN, NGUYEN, VAN DEVENDER, BONKOWSKI & ZIEGLER 2013 
DistributionSC Vietnam (Kon Tum Plateau)

Type locality: Camp 1 (14°37.098’N, 108°30.177’E, elevation 1,025 m; datum WGS84) from Kon Tum Plateau in the border area between Quang Ngai and Kon Tum provinces, southern Central Vietnam Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous; the holotype contained four small white follicles in each ovary. 
TypesHolotype: IEBR A.2013.22 (Field number ASU 10715), adult female, collected on 4 June 2012 by K. V. Nguyen and R. W. Van Devender. 
CommentDiagnosis. Size small (SVL 35.2 mm); prefrontals separated from each other; supraoculars four; enlarged nuchals in two pairs; lower eyelid scaly; supralabials six, first fused with nasal; primary temporals two; external ear openings absent; midbody scales in 20 rows; dorsal scales smooth, paravertebral scales 53, not widened; limbs short, pentadactyl; scales on dorsal surface of base of fourth toe in three rows; lamellae under fourth toe six; free margins of upper and lower eyelids not edged in white; dorsum and tail base bronze brown with dark dots; dorsolateral light stripe present on neck, shoulder and anterior part of dorsum; upper zone of lateral head and flank with a narrow black stripe.

Habitat: The holotype was collected about two hours after dark among leaf litter on a steep slope about three meters above a small stream surrounded by secondary forest at an elevation of 1025 m. 
EtymologyThe new species is named in honour of Dr. Glenn Shea from the University of Sydney, Australia, in recognition of his outstanding contributions towards the systematics of scincid lizards. 
References
  • NGUYEN, TRUONG QUANG; KHOI VU NGUYEN, ROBERT WAYNE VAN DEVENDER, MICHAEL BONKOWSKI & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2013. A new species of Sphenomorphus Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) from Vietnam. Zootaxa 3734 (1): 056–062 - get paper here
 
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