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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma solomonis BOULENGER 1887: 510
Lygosoma (Homolepida) brevipes BOETTGER 1895 (fide GREER & PARKER 1974)
Lygosoma schoedei VOGT 1912
Lygosoma moszkowskii VOGT 1912: 357
Lygosoma (Homolepida) eremita WERNER 1913: 20 (?, HALLERMANN, pers. comm.)
Lygosoma schoedei — DE ROOIJ 1915: 225
Lygosoma moszkowskii — DE ROOIJ 1915: 187
Lygosoma (Lygosoma) solomonis — STERNFELD 1918: 419
Lygosoma (Ictiscincus) solomonis — SMITH 1937: 222
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) brevipes — BRONGERSMA 1948: 490
Lygosoma solomonis schodei — DAAN & HILLENIUS 1966: 132
Sphenomorphus moszkowskii — GREER & PARKER 1967
Sphenomorphus solomonis — MYS 1988: 145
Sphenomorphus solomonis — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Sphenomorphus brevipes — SETIADI & HAMIDY 2006
Sphenomorphus moskowskii [sic] — WWW 2008 
DistributionAdmirality Islands, northern Moluccas, Solomon Islands, New Guinea (fide SMITH 1937), Bismarck Archipelago

schoedei: Type locality: Valise [Walis Island, Province East Sepik, Papua New Guinea.

brevipes: Halmahera; Morotai; Type locality: Soa Konorra, Halmaheira, Molukken.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1948.8.3.35-37 (formerly, Faro I., Solomons, collected C.M. Woodford.
Lectotypus: SMF 15473 [Lygosoma brevipes]
Syntypes: MCZ R-37206, MWNH 3090, CAS 64260 [schoedei]
Holotype: ZMB 22606 [moszkowskii] 
CommentSynonymy: mostly after GREER & PARKER 1974: 56 who also state that “the type of Lygosoma moszkowski Vogt 1912 is a small New Guinea solomonis with light snout coloration.”

Types: The type of Lygosoma (Homolepida) eremita WERNER 1913 has been lost, hence it is impossible to determine its identity with certainty.

Description (moszkowskii): Snout obtuse; lower eyelid scaly; ear-opening almost as large as the eye, no lobules. Nostril in the nasal; no supranasals; one anterior loreal; frontonasal as broad as long, in contact with the rostral and with the frontal; latter as long as the frontoparietals; five supraoculars; seven supraciliaries; frontoparietals a little longer than the interparietal; parietals in contact; a pair of small nuchals and a pair of temporals; fifth and sixth upper labials largest, below the eye. Body slender, covered with 28 smooth scales, the two vertebral series largest; praeanals enlarged. Tail one time and a half the length of head and body. Limbs not meeting when adpressed; digits moderate, fourth toe with 18 lamellae below. Blackish-brown above, snout yellowish; lower labials with vertical stripes. Lower parts yellowish. Length of head and body 31 mm.; tail 45 mm (text from DE ROOIJ 1915 but quoted to be after VOGT 1912). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. Lygosoma moszkowskii was named after Dr. Moszkowski. 
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