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Nubeoscincus glacialis (GREER, ALLISON & COGGER, 2005)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLobulia glacialis GREER, ALLISON & COGGER 2005
Nubeoscincus glacialis — SLAVENKO et al. 2021 
DistributionIndonesia (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.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: BPBM 14705 (Bernice P. Bishop Museum) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (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. 
CommentDistribution: 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. 
EtymologyNamed 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. 
References
  • Greer, A.E.; Allison, A. & Cogger, H.G. 2005. Four new species of Lobulia (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from high altitude in New Guinea. Herpetological Monographs 19: 153-179 - 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
  • Slavenko, Alex, Karin Tamar, Oliver J. S. Tallowin, Fred Kraus, Allen Allison, Salvador Carranza & Shai Meiri. 2021. Revision of the montane New Guinean skink genus Lobulia (Squamata: Scincidae), with the description of four new genera and nine new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society - get paper here
 
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