Nubeoscincus glacialis (GREER, ALLISON & COGGER, 2005)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Nubeoscincus glacialis?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Lobulia glacialis GREER, ALLISON & COGGER 2005|
Nubeoscincus glacialis — SLAVENKO et al. 2021
|Distribution||Indonesia (Farak District, Irian Jaya)|
Type locality: Lake Wanagong, ca. 9 km (by air) N of Tembagapura town center, Farak District, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, elevation 3920 m.
|Types||Holotype: BPBM 14705 (Bernice P. Bishop Museum)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus): Medium-sized (adult SVL 47.4–64.0 mm) terrestrial skinks with short limbs (forelimbs 28.7– 34.4% of SVL, hindlimbs 34.6–38.6% of SVL); lobules either present or absent from anterior edge of ear opening; two pairs of chin shields in medial contact; two supralabials posterior to subocular supralabial; chin shields separated from infralabials by a row of genials; lower eyelid with window of variable size, opaqueness and scaliness; temporal region fragmented (> 3 scales); nasal scale undivided; frontoparietals unfused; viviparous; litter size up to three.|
Nubeoscincus differs from Prasinohaema by lacking green blood serum and tissues (Greer, 1974), a prehensile tail with a glandular tip and basally expanded subdigital lamellae. It differs from Lobulia and Papuascincus by having the chin shields separated from the infralabials by a row of genials (vs. chin shields abutting infralabials) and by having a fragmented temporal region (vs. the standard three-scale arrangement). It further differs from Papuascincus by having two pairs of chin shields in medial contact (vs. one), unfused (vs. fused) frontoparietals, a viviparous (vs. oviparous) reproductive mode and an undivided (vs. divided) nasal scale (Slavenko et al. 2021).
Diagnosis: Lobulia glacialis differs from all other species of Lobulia in having the following combination of characters: window in lower eyelid consistently large and semi-transparent instead of variable in degree of scaliness; supralabials posterior to the sub-ocular supralabialtwo instead of three; longitudinal scale rows at midbody >32, and anterior edge of the external ear opening with low but distinct lobules instead of smooth.
|Comment||Distribution: Only known from the type locality.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
Type species: Lobulia glacialis GREER, ALLISON & COGGER 2005 is the type species of the genus Nubeoscincus SLAVENKO et al. 2021.
|Etymology||Named after the high altitude distribution of the species which was found close to the glacier in the Sudirman (Carstenxz) Mountains of Indonesia’s Papua Province.|