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Lipinia longiceps (BOULENGER, 1895)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Long Lipinia 
SynonymLygosoma longiceps BOULENGER 1895: 408
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) longiceps — SMITH 1937: 224
Lipinia longiceps — GREER 1974: 11
Lipinia longiceps — MYS 1988: 139
Lipinia longiceps — DAS & AUSTIN 2007 
DistributionFrom Misima Island west across the north coast of Papua New Guinea, looping around south of the central mountain ranges near Etna bay, Irian Jaya; Fergusson, Trobriand Islands

Type locality: Trobriand Island [= Kiriwina]  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.16.20 
DiagnosisDescription: SVL 43 mm; external ear opening present; 24 midbody scale rows; 19 lamellae under toe IV; rectilinear black dorsolateral lines converge at tail base; and tail golden yellow (from DAS & AUSTIN 2007). 
  • Austin C C 1995. Molecular and morphological evolution in South Pacific scincid lizards: morphological conservatism and phylogenetic relationships of Papuan Lipinia (Scincidae). Herpetologica 51 (3): 291-300 - get paper here
  • Austin, Christopher C. 1998. Phylogenetic relationships of Lipinia (Scincidae) from New Guinea based on DNA sequence variation from the mitochondrial 12S rRNA and Nuclear C-MOS genes. Hamadryad 23 (2): 93-102. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1895. Description of two new reptiles obtained by Mr. A.S. Meek in the Trobriand Islands, British New Guinea. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 16: 408-409 - get paper here
  • Das, I. & Austin, C.C. 2007. New Species of Lipinia (Squamata: Scincidae) from Borneo, Revealed by Molecular and Morphological Data. Journal of Herpetology 41 (1): 61 - get paper here
  • GOLDBERG, STEPHEN R. 2022. LIPINIA LONGICEPS (Long Lipinia). REPRODUCTION. Herpetological Review 53(1): 133–134.
  • Günther, R. 2000. In alten Sammlungen aus Neuguinea entdeckt: Zwei neue Arten der Gattung Lipinia (Squamata: Scincidae). Salamandra 36 (3): 157-174 - get paper here
  • Mys, Benoit 1988. The zoogeography of the scincid lizards from North Papua New Guinea (Reptilia: Scincidae). I. The distribution of the species. Bull. Inst. Roy. Sci. Nat. Belgique (Biologie) 58: 127-183
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
  • Zweifel R G 1979. Variation in the scincid lizard Lipinia noctua and notes on other Lipinia from the New Guinea region. American Museum Novitates (2676): 1-21 - get paper here
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