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Epibator nigrofasciolatus (PETERS, 1869)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma (Mocoa) nigrofasciolatum PETERS 1869: 435
Lygosoma arborum BAVAY 1869: 19 (nom. oblit. fide BAUER & VINDUM 1990)
Lygosoma deplanchei BOCAGE 1873: 229
Leiolopisma nigrofasciolatum — GREER 1974: 16
Leiolopisma nigrofasciolatum — ZUG 1985
Leiolopisma nigrofasciolatum — SADLIER 1987: 14
Leiolopisma nigrofasciolatum — BAUER & VINDUM 1990
Lioscincus nigrofasciolatum — BAUER & SADLIER 1993
Gongylus arborum BAVAY 1869 — FRANK & RAMUS 1995
Leiolopisma nigrofasciolatum — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Lioscincus nigrofasciolatus — BAUER 1999
Lioscincus nigrofasciolatum — BAUER & SADLIER 2000
Lioscincus nigrofasciolatus — DAZA et al. 2015
Epibator nigrofasciolatum — SADLIER et al. 2015
Epibator nigrofasciolatus — SADLIER et al. 2019 
DistributionNew Caledonia

Type locality: “angeblich aus Neu-Caledonien”  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 6444 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus). The species are moderately large to large in size (maximum SVL range 61 mm for greeri and 112 mm for nigrofasciolatus) with a moderately elongate body, long limbs and digits, and a moderately long tail (maximum tail length 145 and 180% of SVL, respectively). (Sadlier 1987) 
CommentSynonymy: Lygosoma arborum BAVAY 1869 has priority over Lygosoma (Mocoa) nigrofasciolatum PETERS 1869 which was actually only published in 1870 (fide BAUER & VINDUM 1990).

Abundance: Common and fairly widespread.

Habitat: Arboreal.

Type species. Lygosoma (Mocoa) nigrofasciolatum Peters 1869: 435 is the type species of the genus Epibator SADLIER et al. 2015. 
EtymologyFrom the Greek for climber (epi, upon + bates, one that walks or haunts), alluding to the arboreal habits of the type species. The gender is masculine (Brown, 1956). 
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