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Emoia erronan BROWN, 1991

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Common Emo Skink 
SynonymEmoia erronan BROWN 1991
Emoia erronan — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Emoia erronan — INEICH 2011 
DistributionVanuatu (Futuna Island)

Type locality: Futuna Island, an island formerly called Erronan.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 60285 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: E. erronan can be readily distinguished from the other species of the E. concolor subgroup (except with E. aneityumensis) by its number of middorsal scale lines from the fron- toparietal to the base of the tail (77 to 84). It can then be distinguished from E. aneityumensis by its number of fourth toe subdigital lamellae (36 to 42 in E. aneityumensis vs 47 to 53 in E. erronan). [Ineich 2011] 
CommentSimilar species: The skink Emoia erronan belongs to the Emoia concolor subgroup of the Emoia samoensis group. It is often mixed with the latter binomen in collections. 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
  • Adler,G.H.; Austin,C.C. & Dudley,R. 1995. Dispersal and speciation of skinks among archipelagos in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Evolutionary Ecology 9: 529-541 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Ineich, I. 2011. Amphibians and reptiles. In: Bouchet P., Le Guyader H. & PascaL O. (eds), The Natural History of Santo. pp. 187-236. MNhN, Paris; Ird, Marseille; PNI, Paris. 572 pp. (Patrimoines naturels; 70).
  • Zug, G.R. 2012. A new species of treeskink (Squamata: Scincidae: Emoia samoensis species group) from Rotuma, south-central Pacific. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 125(1):74-84 - get paper here
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