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Tribolonotus schmidti BURT, 1930

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSchmidt's Helmet Skink 
SynonymTribolonotus schmidti BURT 1930
Pediporus schmidti — ROUX 1930: 129
Tribolonotus schmidti — BURT 1932: 551
Tribolonotus schmidti — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995 
DistributionSolomon Islands (Guadalcanal)

Type locality: Beagle Island (now known as Marapa Island) in Marau Sound (east Guadalcanal), Solomon Islands.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: AMNH 41860 
Diagnosis 
CommentDistribution: Burt and Burt (1932) record this species from Bougainville although it almost certainly does not occur there, Burt and Burt’s specimen is probably referable to T. pseudoponceleti [from McCoy 2006]. 
EtymologyNamed after Karl Patterson Schmidt (1890-1957), American herpetologist (see Davis 1957 and RESETAR & VORIS 1997 for biographical notes). 
References
  • Adler,G.H.; Austin,C.C. & Dudley,R. 1995. Dispersal and speciation of skinks among archipelagos in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Evolutionary Ecology 9: 529-541 - get paper here
  • Austin, Christopher C.; Eric N. Rittmeyer, Stephen J. Richards, George R. Zug 2010. Phylogeny, historical biogeography and body size evolution in Pacific Island Crocodile skinks Tribolonotus (Squamata; Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57 (1): 227-236 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Burt, Charles E. 1930. Herpetological results of the Whitney South Sea Expedition IV. Descriptions of new species of lizards from the Pacific Islands (Scincidæ). American Museum Novitates (427): 1-3 - get paper here
  • Burt, Charles E.;Burt, May Danheim 1932. Herpetological results of the Whitney South Sea Expedition. VI. Pacific island amphibians and reptiles in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 63 (5): 461-597
  • Davis, D.D. 1959. Karl Patterson Schmidt, 1890-1957. Copeia 1959 (3): 189-192 - get paper here
  • Kinghorn,J.R. 1937. A new species of skink from the Solomon Islands. Rec. Austral. Mus. 20 (1): 1-2 - get paper here
  • McCoy, M. 2006. Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Pensoft Series Faunistica 57, 212 pp.
  • McCoy, M. 2015. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Michael McCoy, Kuranda - get paper here
  • Roux,J. 1930. Note sur un reptile scincidé des îles Salomon présentant des pres pédiaux. Verhandl. Naturf. Ges. Basel 41: 129-135
 
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