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Dibamus novaeguineae DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839

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Higher TaxaDibamidae, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymDibamus novaeguineae DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 834
Acontias subcaecus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839 (nomen nudum)
Typhlina leucurus BLEEKER 1860
Typhlina ludekingi BLEEKER 1860
Thyphloscincus Martensii PETERS 1864: 271
Dibamus novae-guineae — BOULENGER 1897: 505
Dibamus novae-guineae — SMITH 1935: 362
Dibamus novaeguineae — GREER 1985: 149
Dibamus novaeguineae — BAUER et al. 1995: 54
Dibamus novaeguineae — DIAZ et al. 2004
Dibamus novaeguineae — DAS & LIM 2009
Dibamus novaeguineae — QUAH et al. 2017 
DistributionS Philippines (Cebu etc.),
Indonesia (Ternate, Komodo, Flores), Halmahera, Lembeh I., SE Sulawesi, W Papua New Guinea, Malaysia (Kelantan [TWEEDIE 1950])

Type locality: New Guinea
Type locality: Ternate [Indonesia] [Thyphloscincus Martensii PETERS 1864].  
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 1994.0787 (formerly MNHN-RA 7156A); paralectotypse: MNHN-RA 7156 () and MNHN-RA 1994.0787 (New Guinea), designated by GREER 1985.
Syntypes: ZMB 5026, 5027 (unlocated) [Thyphloscincus Martensii]. 
CommentGreer 1985 considered BLEEKER’s Typhlina ludekingi as “incertae sedis”.

Distribution: Erroneously reported from the Nicobar Islands (DAS 1999).

Type species: Dibamus novaeguineae DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839 is the type species of the genus Dibamus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839.

Phylogeny: the genus Dibamus forms two deeply divergent, morphologically conserved and geographically concordant clades, one of which is the sister taxon of Anelytropsis papillosus (Townsend et al. 2011).

Synonymy: Kaiser et al. 2013 considered the generic names Dalegibbonsus Hoser 2012, Leswilliamsus Hoser 2012, Nindibamus Hoser 2012, Paulwoolfus Hoser 2012 invalid and rejected their use instead of Dibamus. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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