Sphenomorphus granulatus (BOULENGER, 1903)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Lygosoma granulatum BOULENGER 1903|
Lygosoma (Parotosaurus) granulatum — DE ROOIJ 1915: 167
Otosaurus granulatum — SMITH 1937: 218
Sphenomorphus granulatus — GREER & PARKER 1967
Sphenomorphus granulatus — LINKEM et al. 2010
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea|
Type locality: Albert Edward Range, 6000 feet
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19188.8.131.52 (formerly 1901.11.27.1), Albert Edward Range, British New Guinea, collected H.S. Rohu|
|Diagnosis||Description: Snout very short, obtuse; lower eyelid scaly; ear-opening large, oval, as large as the eye-opening, tympanum slightly sunk, no auricular lobules. Nostril in the nasal; supranasal present, very small, between the frontonasal, the nasal and the first loreal, which is single; frontonasal much more broad than long, forming a straight suture with the rostral and just touching the angle of the frontal; latter slightly longer than frontoparietals and interparietal together, narrowed posteriorly, in contact with the three anterior supraoculars; seven supraoculars, first more than twice as long as second, seventh minute; eleven supraciliaries, first largest; frontoparietals slightly longer than the interparietal; parietals in contact behind the latter; no nuchals, each parietal in contact with four scales; fourth to sixth upper labials below the eye. Body with 36 scales round the middle, dorsals larger than ventrals, laterals smallest, dorsals and laterals rough with very small granules; the distance between the tip of the snout and the fore limb is contained one time and one third in the distance between axilla and groin; praeanals enlarged. Tail one time and a half the length of head and body. Limbs strong, the hind limb reaches the axilla; digits long, compressed, fourth toe with 20 obtusely keeled lamellae below (de Rooij 1917: 167).|
Coloration: Pale reddish-brown above, variegated with dark brown; flanks with large dark brown spots, forming vertical bars, below those reticulated with dark brown; a white spot above the tympanum and one above the shoulder; lips dark-spotted. Lower parts lighter; throat dark brown (de Rooij 1917: 167).
Size: Length of head and body 45 mm.; tail 72 mm (de Rooij 1917: 167).
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