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Carlia caesius ZUG & ALLISON, 2006

IUCN Red List - Carlia caesius - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymCarlia caesius ZUG & ALLISON 2006 
DistributionIndonesia (Irian Jaya)

Type locality: Indonesia, Papua Province [Freeport
Project Area], Timika [4.5417°S 136.8908°E]  
TypesHolotype: MZB AA15323, adult male, collected by Allen Allison, 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Carlia caesius is a member of the C. fusca complex and differs from all other complex members by the bright blue coloration of head and neck of adult males. Additionally, C. caesius averages (adult females mean 50 mm, adult males 52 mm SVL) smaller than C. ailanpalai, C. beccarii, C. eothen, and C. luctuosa, C.pulla, and larger than C. aramia, C. babarensis, C. leucotaenia, and C. tutela. C.caesius has fewer average Dorsals (46) than the similar sized C. fusca, C. leucotaenia, and C. mysi (48). 
EtymologyThe specific name derives from the Latin caesius for bluish-gray or sea blue in reference to the color of the throat and chin. It is proposed as a noun in apposition. 
  • Dolman, Gaynor & Andrew F. Hugall 2008. Combined mitochondrial and nuclear data enhance resolution of a rapid radiation of Australian rainbow skinks (Scincidae: Carlia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49 (3): 782-794 - get paper here
  • Goldberg, S R 2018. Carlia caesius Reproduction. Herpetological Review 49 (2): 326 - get paper here
  • ZUG,G.R. & A. ALLISON 2006. New Carlia fusca complex lizards (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from New Guinea, Papua-Indonesia. Zootaxa 1237: 27-44 - get paper here
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