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Emoia aurulenta BROWN & PARKER, 1985

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Brown's Emo Skink 
SynonymEmoia aurulenta BROWN & PARKER 1985
Emoia aurulenta — BROWN 1991 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: “at Migalsimbip in the upper Fly River drainage at an elevation of about 1200 m, Western Province, Papua New Guinea”  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 142327 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. This species differs from the other New Guinean spe cies of the Emoia hauciini section in the following combination of characters: (1) small size, 37+ to 49.5 mm snout-vent length at maturity; (2) pattern of gold-orange markings on the sides of the neck and the lateral surfaces of the body in life (these fade to dirty, silvery-white in preservative); (3) low number of midbody scale rows; 26 to 32 (mean 28+), rarely greater than 30; (4) number of subdigital lamellae, 39 to 48 beneath the fourth toe; and (5) number of paravertebral scale rows between the parietals and base of tail 45 to 52 (BROWN & PARKER 1985).

Description. A small Emoia, snout-vent length of 41.3 to 49.5 mm for 16 males and 37.4 to 47.5 mm for eight females; habitus moder ately slender; snout moderately tapered, bluntly rounded, its length 35 to 40% of head length and 52 to 60% of head breadth; head breadth 64 to 69% of head length and 15 to 18% of snout-vent length; eye moderately large, its diameter 71 to 85% of snout length and 40 to 45% of head breadth; ear diameter about one third to one half of eye diameter; rostral broader than high, forming long, nearly straight suture with frontonasal; supranasals widely separated, nar rowly triangular, in contact with anterior loreal; prefrontals moder ately to widely separated; frontal longer than broad, rounded posteriorly, shorter than fused fronto-interparietal shield, in contact with first and second supraoculars; four large supraoculars; parietals large, in contact posteriorly; one pair of nuchals; anterior loreal higher and shorter than posterior, in contact with second, or first and second supralabials; six to seven upper labials, fifth (very rarely sixth) enlarged and beneath eye; six to seven lower labials; dorsal scales smooth, vertebral rows not distinctly enlarged; 26 to 32 (usually 28 to 30) midbody scale rows; 45 to 52 (mean 48.3) paraver tebral rows between parietals and base of tail, ventrals about same size as dorsals; preanals somewhat enlarged; limbs well developed, length of extended hind limb 90 to 110% of axilla-groin distance and 47 to 54% of snout-vent length; 39 to 48 (mean 42.6) smooth, rounded lamellae beneath fourth toe; 10 to 14 lamellae under first toe; rank of adpressed toes from longest to shortest four, three, two to five, one; tail slender and much longer than body (BROWN & PARKER 1985). 
CommentThe name reflects the golden yellow spots on the sides. 
EtymologyThe name aurulenta refers to the golden yellow spots on the sides. 
  • Brown W C 1991. Lizards of the genus Emoia (Scincidae) with observations on their evolution and biogeography. MEMOIRS OF THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (No. 15) 1991: i-vi, 1-94 - get paper here
  • Brown W C; Parker F 1985. Three new lizards of the genus Emoia (Scincidae) from southern New Guinea. Breviora (480): 1-12 - get paper here
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