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Sphenomorphus fuscolineatus GREER & SHEA, 2004

IUCN Red List - Sphenomorphus fuscolineatus - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymSphenomorphus fuscolineatus GREER & SHEA 2004 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: Tifalmin, West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea (5° 07’ S, 141° 24’ E).  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R127701 
CommentAbundance: this is one of the species called “lost” and “rediscovered” by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin for dark (fuscus) and line (linea) and draws attention to the thin dark dorsolateral line on the neck and body, which is unusual in the S. maindroni group. 
  • 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
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - get paper here
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