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Lipinia rouxi (HEDIGER, 1934)

IUCN Red List - Lipinia rouxi - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Roux's Lipinia 
SynonymLeiolopisma rouxi HEDIGER 1934
Lipinia rouxi — GREER 1974: 11
Lipinia rouxi — MYS 1988: 140
Lipinia rouxi — DAS & AUSTIN 2007 
DistributionNew Ireland Island (NE of Papua New Guinea), Bismarck Archipelago

Type locality: Fissoa, Neu-Irland (lectotype locality)  
ReproductionSome diagnostic differences involve their mode of reproduction. L. rouxi is oviparous, whereas noctua is ovoviviparous. In addition, rouxi has lost the left oviduct and thus lays only one egg, while both oviducts are functioning in noctua (GREER & MYS 1987). 
TypesLectotype: NMBA 11690 (= NHMB) 
CommentSynonymy: Lipinia rouxi has been previously synonymized with L. noctua by ZWEIFEL (1979).

22– 28 midbody scale rows; 8–9 supraciliaries; 22–26 lamellae under toe IV; left oviduct missing; venter greenish-white in life (fide Greer and Mys, 1987) and arboreal habits (from DAS & AUSTIN 2007). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Jean Roux (1876-1939), a zoologist who gained his doctorate at Universite de Geneve (1899) and studied protozoa in Berlin until 1902. 
  • Adler,G.H.; Austin,C.C. & Dudley,R. 1995. Dispersal and speciation of skinks among archipelagos in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Evolutionary Ecology 9: 529-541 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • Greer A E; Mys B 1987. Resurrection of Lipinia rouxi (Hediger, 1934) (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Scincidae), another skink to have lost the left oviduct. Amphibia-Reptilia 8 (4): 417-418 - get paper here
  • Hediger, H. 1934. Beitrag zur Herpetologie und Zoogeographie Neu-Britanniens und einiger umliegender Gebiete. Zool. Jahrb. (Syst.) 65: 441-582
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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