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Cryptoblepharus novaeguineae MERTENS, 1928

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymCryptoblepharus boutonii novaeguineae MERTENS 1928: 87
Cryptoblepharus boutonii pallidus MERTENS 1928
Cryptoblepharus boutonii peronii — BARBOUR 1914: 204
Ablepharus boutonii pallidus — MERTENS 1931: 144
Ablepharus boutonii pallidus — HEDIGER 1934: 472
Ablepharus boutonii novae-guineae — MERTENS 1931: 141
Cryptoblepharus boutonii aruensis MERTENS 1928: 87
Ablepharus boutonii aruensis — MERTENS 1931: 145
Cryptoblepharus novaeguineae — GREER 1974: 21
Cryptoblepharus pallidus — GREER 1974: 21
Cryptoblepharus novaeguineae — MYS 1988: 131
Cryptoblepharus pallidus — ZWEIFEL 1980
Cryptoblepharus pallidus — MYS 1988: 130
Cryptoblepharus novaeguineae — HORNER 2007 
DistributionIndonesia (Gebe, Gag, Waigeo, Aru Islands, Irian Jaya, Biak, Numfoor and Yapen.), New Guinea

aruensis: Type locality: Papakula, Kobroor, Aru-Inseln, Indonesien; Holotypus: SMF 15517.

pallidus: Papua New Guinea; Type locality: Sepik River Valley, Papua New Guinea

Type locality: Mamberano, Neuguinea
Type locality: Papakoela, Kobroor, Aru-Inseln [aruensis]  
TypesHolotype: NMBA (= NHMB) 8343 (novaeguineae)
Holotype: SMF 15517 [aruensis]
HOLOTYPE: ZMB 25706 [pallidus] 
CommentHORNER (2007) synonymized C. pallidus with C. novaeguineae. 
Etymologynamed after its occurrence on New Guinea. C. pallidus has been named after Latin “pallidus” = pale or yellow(ish). 
  • Barbour, T., 1914. On some Australasian reptiles. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 27: 201—206. - get paper here
  • Brongersma,L.D. 1942. Notes on scincid lizards. Zoologische Mededelingen 24: 125-152 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Hediger, H. 1934. Beitrag zur Herpetologie und Zoogeographie Neu-Britanniens und einiger umliegender Gebiete. Zool. Jahrb. (Syst.) 65: 441-582
  • Horner, P. 2007. Systematics of the snake-eyed skinks, Cryptoblepharus Wiegmann (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) - an Australian based review. The Beagle Supplement 3: 21-198
  • Kramer, Eugen 1979. Typenkatalog der Echsen im Naturhistorischen Museum Basel (BM), Stand 1978. [type catalogue] Revue Suisse de Zoologie 86 (1): 159-166 - get paper here
  • Mertens,R. 1928. Neue Inselrassen von Cryptoblepharus boutonii (Desjardin). Zool. Anz. 78: 82-89.
  • Mertens,R. 1931. Ablepharus boutonii (DESJARDIN) und seine geographische Variation. Zool. Jahrb. Syst. 61: 63-210
  • Mys, Benoit 1988. The zoogeography of the scincid lizards from North Papua New Guinea (Reptilia: Scincidae). I. The distribution of the species. Bull. Inst. Roy. Sci. Nat. Belgique (Biologie) 58: 127-183
  • Zweifel R G 1980. Results of the Archbold Expeditions, No. 103. Frogs and lizards from the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 165 (5) : 390-434 - get paper here
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