Sphenomorphus leptofasciatus GREER & PARKER, 1974
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Sphenomorphus leptofasciatus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Sphenomorphus leptofasciatus GREER & PARKER 1974|
Sphenomorphus leptofasciatus — AUSTIN 1998
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea (Central highlandsof from 4400-7000 ft elevation).|
Type locality: Kundiawa (5200 ft), Chimbu District, Papua New Guinea.
|Types||Types: MCZ 108573; BMNH 19184.108.40.206 ?; paratypes: MCZ, AMNH (list in GREER & PARKER 1974: 50)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Among the members of the fasciatus subgroup with both a high modal number of midbody scale rows (34 or > ) and prefrontals that meet medially, leptofasciatus is most similar to cinereus in having 1) the fifth supralabial below the centre of the eye more frequently than the sixth, 2) generally seven superciliaries, 3) generally subequally sized mid-dorsal scales, and 4) a viviparous mode of reproduction. S. leptofasciatus differs from cinereus, however, in 1) generally having fewer longitudinal scale rows at midbody (Table 2) and 2) being either uniformly dark above or having thin light crossbands separ- ated by wide dark interspaces instead of having light grey and dark crossbands of nearly equal width.|
|Comment||(communicated by J. Hallermann).|
Similar species: S. jobiensis, S. rufus (currently a synonym of S. jobiensis, but likely a valid species fide Glenn Shea, pers. comm., 2 Oct 2014).