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Emoia longicauda (MACLEAY, 1877)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Shrub Whiptail-skink 
SynonymEuprepes longicauda MACLEAY 1877: 68
Euprepes simillimus MACLEAY 1877: 69
Euprepis [sic] simillimus MACLEAY 1877 (fide COGGER 1983)
Emoia cuneiceps DE VIS 1890: 498
Emoa [sic] cuneiceps DE VIS 1890 (fide COGGER 1983)
Lygosoma cyanogaster keiensis STERNFELD 1918: 405
Lygosoma cyanogaster aruensis STERNFELD 1918: 405
Emoia cunieceps [sic] — SMITH 1937: 227
Emoia keiensis — MITTLEMAN 1952: 25
Emoia longicauda — BROWN 1954
Emoia cuneiceps — GREER 1974: 20
Emoia longicauda — COGGER 1983: 162
Emoia longicauda — MYS 1988: 135
Emoia longicauda — COGGER 2000: 477
Emoia longicauda — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 213
Emoia longicauda — COUPER et al. 2006: 380 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland), Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya (Indonesia), Bismarck Archipelago

Type locality: Darnley Is., Torres Strait, Qld., designated by Ingram (1979).  
TypesLectotype: AMS (AM) R31859 (formerly MAMU R978 (part), MR340), Darnley Island, Torres Strait, Qld. Designated by Ingram (1979).
Lectotype: AM R31855, from Mawatta, Binaturi River (as Katow), Papua New Guinea; designated by Ingram (1979) [Euprepes simillimus].
Syntypes: QM (not found), from St. Joseph River, Papua New Guinea [Emoia cuneiceps].
Holotypes of aruensis and keiensis in SMF 
CommentSynonymy after COGGER 1983 and MYS 1988.

Emoia longicauda has been treated as a synonym of E. nigra.

Brown (1954) restricted E. c. cyanogaster (Lesson, 1826) to the Solomon Islands, and recognised E. c. longicauda (Macleay, 1877) for populations in New Guinea. 
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  • 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. 1954. Notes on several lizards of the genus Emoia, with descriptions of new species from the Solomon Islands. Fieldiana: Zoology 34: 263-276 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Couper, P., Covacevich, J., Amey, A. & Baker, A. 2006. The genera of skinks (Family Scincidae) of Australia and its island territories: diversity, distribution and identification. in: Merrick, J.R., Archer, M., Hickey, G.M. & Lee, M.S.Y. (eds.). Evolution and Zoogeography of Australasian Vertebrates. Australian Scientific Publishing, Sydney, pp. 367-384
  • De Vis, C. W. 1890. Reptiles from New Guinea. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales (2) 5: 497-500 - get paper here
  • Goldberg, S.R. & Kraus, F. 2008. Notes on reproduction in five species of Emoia (Squamata: Scincidae) from Papua New Guinea. Salamandra 44 (1): 54-58 - 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
  • How, R. A., B. Durrant; L. A. Smith and Najamuddin Saleh, 1998. Emoia (Reptilia: Scincidae) from the Banda Arc islands of eastern Indonesia: variation in morphology and description of a new species. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 19: 131-139 - get paper here
  • Ingram G J 1979. Two new species of skinks, genus Ctenotus (Reptilia, Lacertilia, Scincidae), from Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia. Journal of Herpetology 13 (3): 279-282 - get paper here
  • Kraus, Fred 2018. A New Species of Emoia (Squamata: Scincidae) from Papua New Guinea. Journal of Herpetology 52 (4): 430-436 - get paper here
  • Macleay, W. 1877. The lizards of the Chevert Expedition. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 2: 60-69; 97-104 - get paper here
  • 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
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  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Sternfeld, R. 1918. Zur Tiergeographie Papuasiens und der pazifischen Inselwelt. Abh. senckenb. naturf. Ges. (Frankfurt) 36: 375-436 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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