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Lipinia inconspicua (MÜLLER, 1894)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Hidden Ground Skink 
SynonymLygosoma (Leiolopisma) inconspicuum MÜLLER 1894: 837
Lygosoma inconspicuum — BOULENGER 1897: 213
Scincella inconspicua — MITTLEMAN 1952
Scincella inconspicua — GREER 1974: 7
Lipinia inconspicua — WANGER et al. 2011
Scincella inconspicua — LINKEM et al. 2011
Lipinia inconspicua — SHEA 2017
Scincella inconspicua — LINDKEN et al. 2024 
DistributionIndonesia (Celebes, Sulawesi)

Type locality: Boelawa-Gebirge, 1200 m [elevation], Celebes [now Huidu Matabulawa, in the Bone Mountains]  
TypesHolotype: NMBA 4742 (= NHMB) 
CommentKnown only from the type (Shea 2017). This species is not mentioned in Ouboter’s review of Scincella (see references there). Müller describes in that paper another two skinks of unknown status: L. celebense and L. textum. A fourth skink described by him, L. amabile has been synonymized with Sphenomorphus nigrolabris.

Lipinia inconspicua is the frst species of Lipinia in Sulawesi with an external ear, and is most similar to Lipinia auriculata kempi from the Philippines. The other two species reported from Sulawesi (L. infralineolata and L. subvittata; Koch 2012) are earless.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1897. A catalogue of the reptiles and batrachians of Celebes with special reference to the collections made by Drs P & F Sarasin in 1893-1896. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1897: 193-237 [p228-237: batrachia] - get paper here
  • Koch, A. 2012. Discovery, Diversity, and Distribution of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Sulawesi and its offshore islands. Edition Chimaira, 374 pp. [ISBN 978-3-89973-432-4] - get paper here
  • Kramer, Eugen 1979. Typenkatalog der Echsen im Naturhistorischen Museum Basel (BM), Stand 1978. [type catalogue] Revue Suisse de Zoologie 86 (1): 159-166 - get paper here
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - get paper here
  • Linkem, Charles W.; Arvin C. Diesmos, Rafe M. Brown 2011. Molecular systematics of the Philippine forest skinks (Squamata: Scincidae: Sphenomorphus): testing morphological hypotheses of interspecific relationships. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 163: 1217–1243 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Mittleman, M.B. 1952. A generic synopsis of the Lizards of the Subfamily Lygosominae. Smithson. misc. Collns, 117: 1-35. - get paper here
  • Müller,F. 1894. Reptilien und Amphibien aus Celebes. Verh. Ges. Basel 10 (3): 825-843 [1895]
  • SHEA, Glenn M. 2017. Generic allocation of the enigmatic scincid lizard Lygosoma inconspicuum F. Müller, 1895 (Squamata: Scincidae) from Sulawesi. Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea 3: 27-34 - get paper here
  • Wanger, T. C., I. Motzke, S. Saleh & D. T. Iskandar 2011. The amphibians and reptiles of the Lore Lindu National Park area, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Salamandra 47 (1): 17-29 - get paper here
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