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Sphenomorphus annectens (BOULENGER, 1898)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma annectens BOULENGER 1898: 698
Lygosoma (Parotosaurus) annectens — DE ROOIJ 1915: 168
Otosaurus annectens — SMITH 1937: 218
Sphenomorphus annectens — GREER & PARKER 1967
Sphenomorphus annectens — LINKEM et al. 2010 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: Moroka, Bartholomew Range, 2300feet  
TypesHolotype: MSNG 29115, Moroka, British New Guinea, collected L. Loria. 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout very short, obtuse; lower eyelid scaly; ear-opening large, oval, smaller than the eye-opening, tympanum slightly sunk, no auricular lobules. Nostril in the nasal; latter followed by two or three superposed shields, the upper one representing a supranasal; frontonasal more broad than long, broadly in contact with the rostral, narrowly with the frontal; latter as long as frontoparietals and interparietal together, in contact with the three anterior supraoculars; nine supraoculars, first twice as long as second, last minute; twelve supraciliaries; frontoparietals a little longer than the interparietal; parietals forming a suture behind the latter; no nuchals, each parietal in contact with five scales; fifth to seventh upper labials below the eye. Body with 50 smooth scales round the middle, laterals smallest; the distance between the tip of the snout and the fore limb nearly equals the distance between axilla and groin; praeanals enlarged. Tail one time and three fifths the length of head and body. Limbs strong, the hind limb reaches the axilla; digits long, compressed; fourth toe with 21 unicarinate, divided lamellae below (After Boulenger, cited from de Rooij 1915: 168).

Coloration: Brown above, with a dark brown network, and yellowish spots; a round black spot above the shoulder. Lower parts yellowish (After Boulenger, cited from de Rooij 1915: 168).

Size: Length of head and body 48 mm.; tail 74 mm. (After Boulenger, cited from de Rooij 1915: 168). 
CommentType: not in BMNH (P. Campbell, pers. comm., 7 July 2014). 
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1898. An account of the reptiles and batrachians collected by Dr. L. Loria in British New Guinea. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, 18: 694—710 [1897?] - get paper here
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp. - get paper here
  • Greer,A.E. & Parker,F. 1967. A new scincid lizard from the northern Solomon Islands. Breviora (275): 1-20 - get paper here
  • Linkem, C.W.; Diesmos, A.C.; Brown, R.M. 2010. A NEW SPECIES OF SCINCID LIZARD (GENUS SPHENOMORPHUS) FROM PALAWAN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES. Herpetologica 66 (1): 67–79 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Whitaker,R.; Whitaker,Z. & Mills,D. 1982. Reptiles of Papua New Guinea. Wildlife in New Guinea (82/2): 1-53
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