Sphenomorphus transversus GREER & PARKER, 1971
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Sphenomorphus transversus GREER & PARKER 1971|
Sphenomorphus transversus — MCCOY 2000
Type locality: 5 mi east of Kunua, Bougainville Island, 2000 ft elevation
|Types||Holotype: MCZ 76485|
|Comment||Known from only a single specimen.|
Diagnosis. Similar in squamation to those skinks of the genus Sphenomorphus (Table 1 in GREER & PARKER 1971) that have a single anterior loreal, the frontal in contact with 3 or more of the 5 or more supraoculars, frontoparietals and interparietal distinct, no nuchals or trans- versely enlarged scales in the two vertebral rows (Figs. 2 and 3), and the digits and limbs well developed and overlapping when adpressed to the body, but differing from other skinks with this diagnosis in having the following combination of characters: pre- frontals separated medially, 36 rows of smooth scales around mid- body, 28-29 smooth subdigital lamellae on the 4th toe, and a color pattern of brown transverse bands on a light olive-green ground color (Figs. 4 and 5 in GREER & PARKER 1971) a color pattern most similar to those of the distantly related Sphenomorphus flavipes, Scincella prehensicaiida, and Leiolopisma semoni of New Guinea.
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