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Emoia mokosariniveikau ZUG & INEICH, 1995

IUCN Red List - Emoia mokosariniveikau - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymEmoia mokosariniveikau ZUG & INEICH 1995
Emoia mokosariniveikau — ZUG 2012 
DistributionFiji Islands (Vanua Levu)

Type locality: near Saivou, ca. 23 km (road) NW of Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 322473 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Emoia mokosariniveikau is a member of the samoensis group (sensu Brown 1991) and the concolor subgroup. It differs from other Fijian Emoia by: size of adult females (55 mm SVL), larger than caeruleocauda (42-50 mm), cyanura (39-53 mm), impar (40-47 mm) and parkeri (43-52 mm) and smaller than campbelli (57-64 mm), concolor (59-77 mm), nigra (88-108 mm) and trossula (75-100 mm); adult col oration (coppery brown dorsal ground color overlain by turquoise on neck and trunk and dark transverse bars on sides of trunk onto back), caeruleocauda, cyanura, impar and parkeri (light stripes on black or dark brown background), campbelli and trossula (small dark transverse bars scattered over beige to brassy background), concolor (uniform or nearly so green to olive-beige ground-color), and nigra (uniform black ground-color); number of lamellae beneath the fourth toe (48-49), caeruleocauda (33-41) and parken (31-41), cyanura and impar (57-80), and t nigra (31-39). From members of the samoensis group of Emoia, E. mokosariniveikau differs by: size of adult females (55 mm SVL), smaller than aneityumensis (≥ 75 mm), campbelli (≥68 mm), concolor (>59 mm), flaviguiaris (≥59 mm), loyaltiensis (≥60 mm), nigra (≥88 mm), samoensis (≥79 mm), sanfordi (≥68 mm) and trossula (≥75 mm); scale rows around midbody (30), aneityumensis(≥39),flavigularis(≥34)and S nigra (≥32); number of lamellae beneath fourth toe (48-49), aneityumensis (≤38), campbelli (≤42), flavigularis (≤48), murphyi (≥65), nigra (≤39), nigromarginata (≤ 48), parkeri (≤41) and sanfordi (≥ 61); see Tables 1 & 2 for summary of measurements and scalation (Zug & Ineich 1995). 
  • Morrison, C. 2003. A Field Guide to the Herpetofauna of Fiji. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Applied Sciences, University of the South Pacific, 121 pp.
  • 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
  • Zug, G.R. & I. Ineich 1995. A new skink (Emoia: Lacertilia: Reptilia) from the forest of Fiji. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 108 (3): 395-400. - get paper here
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