You are here » home advanced search search results Emoia mokolahi

Emoia mokolahi ZUG, INEICH, PREGILL & HAMILTON, 2012

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Emoia mokolahi?

Add your own observation of
Emoia mokolahi »

We have no photos, try to find some by Google images search: Google images

Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymEmoia mokolahi ZUG, INEICH, PREGILL & HAMILTON 2012 
DistributionTonga Islands (Vava‘u)

Type locality: Kingdom of Tonga, Vava‘u group, Vava‘u (Island), approximately 1 km W of Neiafu (∼18° 39′ S, 173° 59′ W), south side of Mt. Talau.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 333684, adult female, collected by George R. Zug, 10 November 1993. Paratypes: All specimens from the King- dom of Tonga. IAM, USNM, AMNH, AMS, CAS, SDSH, FMNH 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Emoia mokolahi is a member of the Emoia samoensis species group and the samoensis subgroup (Zug et al. 2011). Emoia mokolahi differs from other subgroup mem- bers by a combination of traits. Emoia moko- lahi females average (mean 96 mm, range 86–105 mm SVL) larger than E. tuitarere fe- males (81 mm, 72–93 mm) (Table 2) and the E. trossula type-series females (90 mm, 87–101 mm), and smaller than Samoan E. samoensis females (97 mm, 86–109 mm) and Vanuatuan E. sanfordi females (103 mm, 97–109 mm). In female scalation, E. mokolahi averages more dorsal scales [Dorsal] (65, 62–69) than E. san- fordi (58, 56–61) and Samoan E. samoensis (63, 62 – 66); E. mokolahi has fewer 4th-finger la- mellae [4FingLm] (34, 32–36) than E. sanfordi (47, 43–51) and E. tuitarere (37, 36–40) and fewer 4th-toe lamellae [4ToeLm] than E. san- fordi (66, 57–71) and E. tuitarere (49, 47–51). 
EtymologyThe specific name derives from two Tongan words, lahi (adjective) for big and moko (noun) for lizard, hence mokolahi (following Tongan word order) refers to this taxon being the largest extant skink in the Tongan Islands. It is proposed as a noun in apposition. 
  • Zug, G. R., I. Ineich, G. Pregill, and A. M. Hamilton. 2012. Lizards of Tonga and a description of a new Tongan treeskink (Squamata: Scincidae: Emoia samoensis Group). Pacific Science 66(2):225-237 - get paper here
External links  
Is it interesting? Share with others:

As link to this species use URL address:

without field 'search_param'. Field 'search_param' is used for browsing search result.

Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator