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Tytthoscincus leproauricularis KARIN, DAS & BAUER, 2016

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesScaly-eared Diminutive Leaf-Litter Skink. 
SynonymTytthoscincus leproauricularis KARIN, DAS & BAUER 2016 
DistributionMalaysia (N Borneo: Sarawak, Gunung Penrissen)

Type locality: West ridge of Gunung Penrissen, 1.115302o N 110.218629o E (WGS84), 1,100 m elevation, Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.  
TypesHolotype. A specimen (CAS 259190), collected 14 August 2014 at approximately 13:00 h by Benjamin R. Karin, Pui Yong Min, Samuel Shonleben, and Adi Shabrani.
Paratype. A juvenile of the same species (ZRC 2.7122) was collected within 100 m of the holotype on 4 July 2014 by Benjamin R. Karin, Pui Yong Min, Samuel Shonleben, and Adi Shabrani. 
CommentDiagnosis. Tytthoscincus leproauricularis sp. nov. can be identified by the following combination of characters: (1) body size small (SVL = 33.5 mm); (2) MBSR = 35–37; (3) PVSR = 68–74; (4) VSR = 80–81; (5) four enlarged supraoculars; (6) parietals in contact with the last supraocular; (7) prefrontals separated; (8) two loreals; (9) six or seven supralabials; (10), five infralabials; (11) ten SDL on Toe IV; (12) smooth texture of the subdigital lamellae; (13) enlarged precloacal scales; (14) lacking a dark dorsolateral stripe; (15) lacking a light postorbital stripe; and (16) lacking a light dorsolateral stripe.

Comparisons: see Table 1 in Karin et al. 2016. 
EtymologyFrom the Greek lepros (scaly) and latin auricularis (pertaining to the ear) in reference to the scaly, superficial ear that is a distinctive character in the new species. 
  • KARIN, BENJAMIN R.; INDRANEIL DAS, AARON M. BAUER 2016. Two new species of diminutive leaf-litter skinks (Squamata: Scincidae: Tytthoscincus) from Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Malaysia (northern Borneo). Zootaxa 4093 (3): 407–423
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