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Emoia ponapea KIESTER, 1982

IUCN Red List - Emoia ponapea - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Kiester's Emo Skink 
SynonymEmoia ponapea KIESTER 1982
Emoia ponapea — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995 
DistributionCaroline Islands, Ponape (Pacific), Micronesia

Type locality: “forest 1/4 mile above Agricultural Station, Kolonia, Ponape Island, Eastern Caroline Islands”  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 121041 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the genus Emoia, as it is currently and broadly construed (Greer, 1974), differing from all other members of the genus by the possession of 13 premaxillary teeth. It is distinguishable externally by the combination of the following characters: interparietal present; subdigital lamellae of the 4th toe 38-46; midbody scale rows 30-32; middorsal scale rows 48-54 counting from the nuchals to the anterior insertion of the hind limb and 52-60 counting to the point directly above the vent; body form small (snout-vent length less than 50 mm) and distinctly slender; head narrow and relatively pointed; coloration without metallic blues or greens (Kiester 1982). 
  • 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
  • Buden, Donald W. & Danko Taboroši 2016. Reptiles of the Federated States of Micronesia. Island Research and Education Initiative, 311 pp. - get paper here
  • Kiester A R 1982. A new forest skink from Ponape. Breviora (468): 1-10 - get paper here
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