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Kanakysaurus zebratus SADLIER & BAUER, SMITH & WHITAKER, 2008

IUCN Red List - Kanakysaurus zebratus - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymKanakysaurus zebratus SADLIER, SMITH, WHITAKER & BAUER 2008 [2009] 
DistributionNew Caledonia (Massif de Kopé to, Province Nord)

Type locality: 1.5 km SW Mt. Tiaoue, Massif de Kopé to, Province Nord, New Caledonia, 21° 11’ 02.1’’ S, 164°59’ 17.8’’ E, elevation 740 m.  
TypesHolotype: AMS 2006.0393 (formerly R167239), collected by A. H. Whitaker and V. A. Whitaker, 6 March 2006. Paratypes: AMS. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Kanakysaurus zebratus, n. sp., can be distinguished from its congener K. viviparus by having more dorsal scales (72– 81 versus 65–74) and in females, subadults, and juveniles a pattern of broad dark bands (4–5 scales wide at middorsum) across the body that are wider than the alternating pale interspaces, whereas the dark dorsal bands across the body in K. viviparus are narrower (1–3 scales wide at middorsum) and not substantially wider than alternating pale interspaces. A comparison of fourth finger lamellae, fourth toe scales, and fourth toe lamellae also revealed significant differences between the two species (see Table 1), but overlap in the range of these characters makes them of limited use in unequivocally diagnosing the two species from each other. 
CommentThe paper describing this species was published online in 2008 although it says “2009”. 
EtymologyThe species epithet is a masculine adjective and refers to the bold, zebra-like stripes that are particularly pronounced in the subadults and juveniles of the species.  
  • Sadlier, R.A.; Smith, S.A.; Whitaker, A. & Bauer, A.M. 2009. A New Live-Bearing Species of Scincid Lizard ( Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia, Southwest Pacific. Pacific Science 63 (1):123 – 136 [2008] - get paper here
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