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Emoia tetrataenia (BOULENGER, 1895)

IUCN Red List - Emoia tetrataenia - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Four-striped Emo Skink 
SynonymLygosoma tetrataenia BOULENGER 1895: 30
Emoia tetrataenia — SMITH 1937: 227
Emoia tetrataenia — GREER 1974
Emoia tetrataenia — BROWN 1991: 51 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Louisiade Group), Indonesia (Irian Jaya)

Type locality: Fergusson Island, D'Entrecasteaux Group  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.8.10.96 (formerly, Ferguson I., D'Entrecasteaux Group, PNG, collected A.S. Meek, designated by Brown (1991). 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION. SVL of four mature specimens 54.9-63.5mm; snout long, tapering, strongly depressed, round pointed, its length 4045% of HL and 66-69% of HB; HB 59-67% of HL and 14-17% of SVL; eye 58-63% of snout length and 39-43°/o of HB; rostral broadly rounded or nearly truncate at its dorsal edge; supranasals elongate, in contact with the anterior loreal; pre-frontals separated; frontoparietals and interparietal fused into one shield; one pair of nuchals; anterior loreal much longer than high, about as long as posterior, in contact with first, first and second, or second and third labials; seven upper labials, sixth enlarged and below eye; six or seven lower labials; dorsal scales smooth; midbody scale rows 26-28 (x̅ = 27.333; SD = 0.816; n = 6): dorsal scale rows 47-56 (x̅ = 51.0: SD = 3.347; n = 6); length of extended hindlimb 90-96% of axilla-groin distance and 44-47% of SVL; lamellae under fourth toe 69-78 (x̅= 72.5; SD = 3.391; n = 6). (Brown 1991). 
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1895. On a collection of reptiles and batrachians from Ferguson Island, D'Entrecasteaux group British New Guinea. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (6) 16: 28-32 - 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
  • 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
  • Kraus, Fred 2018. A New Species of Emoia (Squamata: Scincidae) from Papua New Guinea. Journal of Herpetology 52 (4): 430-436 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
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