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Sphenomorphus concinnatus (BOULENGER, 1887)

IUCN Red List - Sphenomorphus concinnatus - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Elegant Forest Skink 
SynonymLygosoma concinnatum BOULENGER 1887: 335
Lygosoma (Otosaurus) wolfi STERNFELD 1918: 397 (fide BURT & BURT 1932)
Otosaurus sternfeldi MERTENS 1924 (replacement name for L. wolfi)
Sphenomorphus concinnatus — BURT & BURT 1932
Otosaurus concinnatum — SMITH 1937: 218
Sphenomorphus wolfi — GREER & PARKER 1967
Sphenomorphus concinnatus — GREER & PARKER 1967
Sphenomorphus concinnatus — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Sphenomorphus wolfi — LINKEM et al. 2010 
DistributionSolomon Islands (Bougainville)

Type locality: Faro Island

wolfi: Solomon Islands (Buka); Type locality: “Vorgelagertes Eiland von Buka, Salomonen”; Lectotype: SMF 14492.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.3.29-32 (formerly, collected C.M. Woodford 
CommentBurt & Burt (1932) noted that the purported diagnostic character for wolfi (presence of supranasals) was variable within concinnatus and hence suggested to synonymize the two. Some recent authors have considered wolfi as a valid species though.

Note that Lygosoma (Hinulia) maindroni wolfi STERNFELD 1918 and Lygosoma (Otosaurus) wolfi STERNFELD 1918 (occasionally considered as a synonym of Sphenomorphus concinnatus) are different taxa. 
  • Adler,G.H.; Austin,C.C. & Dudley,R. 1995. Dispersal and speciation of skinks among archipelagos in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Evolutionary Ecology 9: 529-541 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1887. Second contribution to the herpetology of the Solomon islands. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1887: 333-340 - get paper here
  • Burt, Charles E.; Burt, May Danheim 1932. Herpetological results of the Whitney South Sea Expedition. VI. Pacific island amphibians and reptiles in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 63 (5): 461-597 - get paper here
  • Greer,A.E. & PARKER,F. 1967. A second skink with fragmented head scales from Bougainville, Solomon Islands. Breviora (279): 1-12 - 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
  • McCoy, M. 2006. Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Pensoft Series Faunistica 57, 212 pp.
  • McCoy, M. 2015. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Michael McCoy, Kuranda - get paper here
  • Mertens, Robert 1924. Herpetologische Mitteilungen. III. Zur Nomenklatur einiger Scinciden. Senckenbergiana 6: 180-181
  • Schmidt, KP 1932. Reptiles and Amphibians from the Solomon Islands. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Zool. Ser. - 18 (9): 175-190 - get paper here
  • Sternfeld, R. 1918. Zur Tiergeographie Papuasiens und der pazifischen Inselwelt. Abh. senckenb. naturf. Ges. (Frankfurt) 36: 375-436 [missing from BHL in 2023]
  • Tanner, V.M. 1951. Pacific islands herpetology, No. V. Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands: A checklist of species. Great Basin Naturalist 11: 53-86 - get paper here
  • Whitaker, R.; Whitaker,Z. & Mills,D. 1982. Reptiles of Papua New Guinea. Wildlife in New Guinea (82/2): 1-53
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