Sphenomorphus anotus GREER, 1973
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Sphenomorphus anotus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Sphenomorphus anotus GREER 1973|
Sphenomorphus anotus — MYS 1988: 142
Sphenomorphus anotus — GREER & SHEA 2004
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea|
Type locality: “Morobe district of the Territory of New Guinea at Masba Creek [...] at an elevation of approximately 2000 feet”
|Types||Holotype: AMNH 95880|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis, This species is a typical representative of the fasciatus species group of Sphenornorphus (Greer and Parker, 1967) except that it has a scaly auricular depression instead of the more usual external ear opening. In other words, it is the|
only "earless" member of the fasciatus species group known to date (Greer 1973).
|Comment||The species name calls attention to the absence of the external ear (an = without, otus = ear).|
|Etymology||The species name anotus calls attention to the absence of an external ear (an — without and otus — ear).|