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Lobulia lobulus (LOVERIDGE, 1945)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Elegant Lobulia 
SynonymLygosoma (Leiolopisma) elegantoides lobulus LOVERIDGE 1945: 49
Lygosoma lobulus — KRAUS 2020 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Mount Wilhelm, Madang Division)

Type locality: Papua New Guinea; Type locality: 7500-8000 feet on Mount Wilhelm, Bismarck Range, Madang Division, New Guinea [lobulus]  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 47067, adult male; Paratypes: MCZ R-47068-82 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (preliminary): Based on information provided in Loveridge (1945) and photographs of the holotype available from MCZ (Fig. 6), it differs from L. elegans in having 34–36 midbody scale rows (vs. 30–32 in L. elegans), posterior loreal square or slightly higher than long (vs. longer than high in L. elegans), dorsal rows of dark-brown spots joined to form two mid-dorsal stripes (vs. dorsal spots distinct and not arrayed in stripes in L. elegans), white lateral stripe present (vs. absent in L. elegans), and paired dark-brown dorsal spots on the tail (vs. single row in L. elegans) (Kraus 2020). 
CommentSynonymy: previously considered as a synonym of L. elegans, but resurrected by Kraus 2020. 
  • KRAUS, FRED 2020. A new species of Lobulia (Squamata: Scincidae) from Papua New Guinea. Zootaxa 4779 (2): 201–214 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, Arthur 1945. New scincid lizards of the genera Tropidophorus and Lygosoma from New Guinea. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 58: 47-52 - get paper here
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