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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymOrnithuroscincus bengaun SLAVENKO, TAMAR, TALLOWIN, KRAUS, ALLISON, CARRANZA & MEIRI 2021
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Milne Bay Province)

Type locality: Papua New Guinea, Milne Bay Province, saddle between Mt Dayman and Mt Suckling, Sota (9.7580°S, 149.1822°E), 1860 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: BPBM 37741 (field tag FK 15374), adult male, collected by F. Kraus, on 20 March 2011. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A moderate-sized species of Ornithuroscincus (adult SVL 48.2 mm), characterized by the unique combination of long limbs (forelimbs 36.3% of SVL, hindlimbs 47.3% of SVL); frontoparietals fused; nuchals single pair; paravertebral scales 55; mid-body scale rows 30; 4th digit on front foot no longer than 3rd; subdigital lamellae 20 under 4th toe; single supradigital scales six on 4th toe; dorsal coloration uniform bronze; slightly zigzag unfragmented dorsolateral stripes present, one to one and a half scales wide, extending from orbital region to tail, pale brown in preservative, pale yellow in life; dark brown lateral field present, speckled with light blue spots a single scale wide; ventral surfaces uniform light blue in preservative, darker on the chin; brown spotting absent from chin, abdomen, thighs and precloacal region; light brown spotting present on ventral surfaces of tail; palmar and plantar surfaces light brown. (Slavenko et al. 2021). 
EtymologyThe name is from the Daga word bengaun, a small, dark lizard. Daga is the language spoken in the area from which this species was collected. 
  • 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 195 (1): 220–278 - get paper here
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