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Emoia tongana (WERNER, 1899)

IUCN Red List - Emoia tongana - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma cyanogaster var. tongana WERNER 1899: 374
Emoia murphyi BURT 1930
Emoia murphyi — SMITH 1937: 227
Emoia murphyi — HIGGINS 1943
Emoia murphyi — GREER 1974: 20
Emoia murphyi — BROWN 1991
Emoia tongana — AUSTIN & ZUG 1999 
DistributionWestern Samoa and some northern Tongan islands (Futuna, Niuafo’ou, Niuatoputapu, Va’vau, Ha’apai)

Type locality: restricted to Neiafu [Port of Refuge], Vava’u, Vava’u Group, Tonga by AUSTIN & ZUG 1999.  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 15702 (designated by AUSTIN & ZUG 1999)
Holotype: AMNH [murphyi] 
CommentDistribution: not on the Solomon Islands (Bougainville Island) by McCoy 2015 although the species was listed by SMITH 1937 for the Solomons. Note that E. cyanogaster is on the Solomons though. 
  • Austin,C.C. & Zug,G.R. 1999. Molecular and morphological evolution in the south-central Pacific skink Emoia tongana (Reptilia: Squamata): uniformity and human-mediated dispersal. Austral. J. Zool. 47: 425-437 - 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
  • Gill B J. 1993. The Land Reptiles of Western Samoa. Journal of the Royal Society Of New Zealand 23 (2): 79-89. - 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
  • Higgins, H. 1943. A Few Reptiles from Western Samoa. Copeia 1943 (1): 59 - get paper here
  • McCoy, M. 2015. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Michael McCoy, Kuranda - 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
  • Werner, F. 1899. Beiträge zur Herpetologie der pacifischen Inselwelt und von Kleinasien. I. Bemerkungen über einige Reptilien aus Neu-Guinea und Polynesien. II. Über einige Reptilien und Batrachier aus Kleinasien. Zool. Anz. 22: 371-375, 375-378 - get paper here
  • Zug, G. R. & B. J. Gill 1997. Morphological variation of Emoia murphyi (Lacertilia: Scincidae) on islands of the southwest Pacific. J. Royal Soc. New Zealand, 27 (2): 235-242. - get paper here
  • 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
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