Tropidophorus sebi PUI, KARIN, BAUER & DAS, 2017
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Tropidophorus sebi PUI, KARIN, BAUER & DAS 2017|
|Distribution||Indonesia (Borneo: Sarawak)|
Type locality: small stream located at the First Count Logging Camp (01.35.644°N; 113.47.377°E; datum WGS84), Putai, upper Baleh, Kapit district, Sarawak, East Malaysia (Borneo), elevation 117 m asl
|Types||Holotype: UNIMAS P1167 (= Museum of the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation), coll. Pui Yong Min and Mohamad Paisal bin Wahab, 19 May 2015. Adult female. The type locality is shown in Fig. 3 in Pui et al. 2017. Paratype. UNIMAS P1166, same locality as holotype. Collected 20 May 2015. Adult female.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A large-sized (SVL 83.8 mm and 85.9 mm in the two specimens known, both adult females); upper head shields, dorsal and lateral scales smooth; parietal scales in two pairs; presuboculars three; supraciliaries eight, first largest; supraoculars four, fourth contacting orbit; supralabials seven (supralabial five contacting orbit); infralabials four, second longest; postmental undivided; longitudinal scale rows 58; ventrals 53; transverse scale rows at midbody 34; subcaudals 98; preanals enlarged, single; and subdigital lamellae on Toe IV 19.|
|Comment||Tropidophorus sebi sp. nov. is diagnosable from congeners from Borneo by the combination of the following characters: head shields present, dorsal and lateral scales smooth; parietal scales in two pairs; supraciliaries eight; supraoculars four; supralabials seven; infralabials four; postmental undivided; longitudinal scale rows 58; ventrals 53; transverse scale rows at midbody 34; subcaudals 98; preanals enlarged, single; and subdigital lamellae of Toe IV 19.|
Pui et al. provide a key to the Bornean species of Tropidophorus.
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The species name, sebi derives from the acronym ‘SEB’, for Sarawak Energy Berhad, with a genitive ending. Named after this organisation in acknowledgement of support received for by the authors for long-term research of the herpetofauna of the Upper Baleh region.|
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