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Tytthoscincus temengorensis GRISMER, AHMAD & ONN, 2009

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesTemengor Forest Skink 
SynonymSphenomorphus temengorensis GRISMER, AHMAD & ONN 2009
Sphenomorphus temengorensis — GRISMER 2011
Tytthoscincus temengorensis — GRISMER et al. 2016 
DistributionWest Malaysia

Type locality: Royal Belum Park, Perak, West Malaysia.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: DWNP 5018, adult male, Collector and date of collection unknown. 
CommentDiagnosis. Sphenomorphus temengorensis is differentiated from all other species of Sundaland and Malay Peninsula Sphenomorphus by being relatively small (SVL 35.5 mm) and having 30–35 midbody scale rows; smooth as opposed to striated dorsal scales; 68–70 paravertebrals; 70 or 71 ventrals; four supraoculars; the parietals contacting the posteriormost supraocular; one medially projecting superciliary scale; two loreals; six supralabials and five infralabials; 10 or 11 lamellae beneath the fourth toe; keeled subdigital lamellae; enlarged precloacal scales; no body bands; limbs not overlapping when adpressed; a dark, diffuse, dorsolateral stripe bordered above by a cream dorsolateral stripe extending from the postorbital region to the groin as opposed to terminating in the axillary region; and the anterior half of the body being orangish as opposed to brownish. See TABLE 1 for the distribution of these character states across all 36 species. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet temengorensis is in reference to the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex. The suffix ensis is a derivation meaning “from” or “inhabiting” and renders the specific epithet an adjective that must be in grammatical accord with the gender of Sphenomorphus. 
References
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; MOHD ABDUL MUIN, PERRY L. WOOD, JR., SHAHRUL ANUAR, & CHARLES W. LINKEM 2016. The transfer of two clades of Malaysian Sphenomorphus Fitzinger (Squamata: Scincidae) into the genus Tytthoscincus Linkem, Diesmos, & Brown and the description of a new Malaysian swamp-dwelling species Zootaxa 4092 (2): 231–242 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L. 2011. Lizards of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and their adjacent archipelagos. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 728 pp. [review in Herp. Rev. 43: 155] - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; Ahmad, N. & Kin Onn, C. 2009. A new, diminutive, upland Sphenomorphus Fitzinger 1843 (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 2312: 27–38 - get paper here
 
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