Leiolopisma alazon ZUG, 1985
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Leiolopisma alazon?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Lauan Ground Skink|
|Synonym||Leiolopisma alazon ZUG 1985|
Leiolopisma alazon — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
|Distribution||Fiji Islands (Yanuya Island)|
Type locality: Fiji, Ono-i-Lau, Yanuya Island, 20° 37’ S, 178° 41’ W.
|Types||Holotype: USNM 229989|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. This skink is a small Leiolopisma with an adult snout-vent length (SVL) of 45-65 mm, a robust elongate body, short but well developed limbs, a pair of frontoparietal scales, prefrontals not in contact, smooth dorsal scales, 34- 37 scale rows around midbody, and an orange to red tail in adults. These features, singly or in combination, distinguish this species from all currently recognized Leiolopisma species. The Australian species L. duperreyi, L. greeni, L. metallicum, L. ocellatum, L. palfreymani, L. platynotum, L. pretiosum, and L. trilineatum possess a single (fused) frontoparietal scale; L. baudini, L. coventryi, L. entrecasteauxii, and L. zia, have fewer than 34 scale rows around midbody; L. spenceri has supernasals; adult L. lichenigerum has SVL greater than 75 mm. No New Zealand Leiolopisma possesses a uniform reddish or orangish tail dorsally. The majority, L. acrinasum, L. chloronoton, L. fallai, L. gracilicorpus, L. grande, L. homalonotum, L. infrapunctatum, L. lineoocellatum, L. nigriplantare, L. otagense, and L. suteri also have adult SVL greater than 75 mm. Leiolopisma fasciolare, known only from the original description, has 27 scale rows around midbody. The majority of the New Caledonian species, L. austrocaledonicum, L. depianchei, L. euryotis, L. novacaledonicum, L. steindachneri, L. tricolor, and L. variabile, have a single frontoparietal. Leiolopisma greeri and L. nigrofasciolatum have large prefrontals broadly in contact medially (Zug 1985).|
|Comment||Comparisons: Zug 1985 has a table of meristic characters across what he considered (Oceanic) Leiolopisma then (now mostly in other genera).|
|Etymology||The name "alazon" is Greek (neuter) for wanderer or rover. It is used in allusion to this species wandering from the common geographic track (New Caledonia through New Zealand to Australia) of Pacific Leiolopisma as well as to its dispersal to the remote Ono-i-Lau group.|
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