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Sphenomorphus anotus GREER, 1973

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymSphenomorphus anotus GREER 1973
Sphenomorphus anotus — MYS 1988: 142
Sphenomorphus anotus — GREER & SHEA 2004 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: “Morobe district of the Territory of New Guinea at Masba Creek [...] at an elevation of approximately 2000 feet”  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 95880 
DiagnosisDiagnosis, 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). 
CommentThe species name calls attention to the absence of the external ear (an = without, otus = ear). 
EtymologyThe species name anotus calls attention to the absence of an external ear (an — without and otus — ear). 
  • Greer, A.E. 1973. Two new lygosomine skinks from New Guinea with comments on the loss of the external ear in lygosomines and observations on previously described species. Breviora (406): 1-25 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. & Shea, G. 2004. A new character within the taxonomically difficult Sphenomorphus group of Lygosomine skinks, with a description of a new species from New Guinea. Journal of Herpetology 38 (1): 79-87 - get paper here
  • Mys, Benoit 1988. The zoogeography of the scincid lizards from North Papua New Guinea (Reptilia: Scincidae). I. The distribution of the species. Bull. Inst. Roy. Sci. Nat. Belgique (Biologie) 58: 127-183
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