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Emoia physicina BROWN & PARKER, 1985

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Five-toed Emo Skink 
SynonymEmoia physicina BROWN & PARKER 1985
Emoia physicina — BROWN 1991 
DistributionS Papua New Guinea, Indonesia (Irian Jaya)

Type locality: “near Emeti, Western Province, Papua New Guinea”  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 152287 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. This species can be distinguished by the following combination of characters: (1) relatively weak keels on the dorsal scales, especially on the posterior half of the body; (2) small size, 39.0 to 50.7 mm snout-vent length; (3) relatively low midbody scale count 30 to 38; (4) fifth upper labial enlarged and beneath the eye; (5) number of vertebral scale rows between the parietals and base of tail 45 to 54, and (6) number of fourth toe lamellae 34 to 43 (BROWN & PARKER 1985).

Comparisons. Emoia physicina can be distinguished from all other known species of the E. physicae section except E. callistica (1) on the basis of its small size, (2) the very weak keels which separate it from all but E. kuekenthali, (3) in having the fifth instead of sixth upper labial enlarged and beneath the eye. It differs from E. callistica in lower number of midbody scale rows and subdigital lamellae, in the distinct nuchals, and in the very weak rather than strong keels on the dorsal scales (BROWN & PARKER 1985). 
CommentThe name refers to the fact that the species has been confused with juveniles of other keeled-scaled species such as E. physicae. 
EtymologyThe name physicina refers to the fact that the species has been confused with juveniles of other keel-scaled species such as E. physicae. 
  • 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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