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Sphenomorphus forbesi (BOULENGER, 1888)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma forbesi BOULENGER 1888: 343
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) forbesi — SMITH 1937: 221
Sphenomorphus forbesi — GREER 1991
Sphenomorphus forbesi — GREER & SHEA 2004 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Owen Stanley Range behind Port Moresby, Bara Bara, Milne Bay)

Type locality: Sogere (= Sogeri), elev. 1750 feet  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.3.13 
EtymologyNamed after Henry Ogg Forbes (1851-1932) was an explorer and collector. He was Director, Canterbury Museum, New Zealand (1890-1893) and was editor of the Liverpool Museum Bulletin, in which Boulenger published some papers. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1888. Descriptions of new reptiles and batrachians obtained by Mr. H.O. Forbes in New Guinea. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 1 (5): 343-346 - get paper here
  • Greer A E 1991. Limb reduction in Squamates: identification of the lineages and discussion of the trends. Journal of Herpetology 25 (2): 166-173 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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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