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Sphenomorphus loriae (BOULENGER, 1898)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma loriae BOULENGER 1898: 698
Lygosoma loriae — DE ROOIJ 1915: 215
Lygosoma loriae — KINGHORN 1928: 292
Sphenomorphus loriae — GREER & SHEA 2004 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: New Guinea (Moroka in Bartholomew Range
2300 feet elevation).  
Reproduction 
TypesSyntype: BMNH 1946.8.3.39 (formerly 97.12.10.26), Moroka, British New Guinea, collected L. Loria; MSNG 29114 (n = 2), Moroka, collected L. Loria. 
DiagnosisSnout short, obtuse; lower eyelid scaly; ear-opening oval, smaller than the eye-opening, no lobules. Nostril in the nasal; no supranasals; frontonasal more broad than long, in contact with the rostral; praefrontals just meeting or narrowly separated; frontal broader than the supraocular region, as long as fronto-parietals and interparietal together or a little shorter, in contact with the two anterior supraoculars; four supraoculars; eight supraciliaries; frontoparietals and interparietal equal; parietals in contact; no nuchals, but three or four scales on each side in contact with the parietals; fifth upper labial below the eye. Body long; the distance between the tip of the snout and the fore limb is contained one time and two thirds to one time and three fourths in the distance between axilla and groin;30 -32 smooth scales round the middle, the two vertebral series enlarged, laterals smallest; praeanals enlarged. Tail very thick. Limbs short, not meeting when adpressed; digits short, compressed, fourth toe with 16-17 smooth lamellae below (de Rooij 1915: 215).

Coloration: Blackish-brown above, vermiculated with yellowish-brown. Lower parts yellowish; throat and sides spotted with dark brown (de Rooij 1915: 215).

Size: Length of head and body 66 mm.; tail 77 mm. (reproduced) (de Rooij 1915: 215). 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Lamberto Loria (1855-1913), Italian ethnologist who collected in New Guinea (1889-1890). 
References
  • 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. 1898. An account of the reptiles and batrachians collected by Dr. L. Loria in British New Guinea. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, 18: 694—710 [1897?] - get paper here
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp. - 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
  • Greer, Allen E.; Shea, Glenn. 2003. Secondary Temporal Scale Overlap Pattern: A Character of Possible Broad Systematics Importance in Sphenomorphine Skinks. Journal of Herpetology 37 (3): 545-549 - get paper here
  • Kinghorn, J. R. 1928. Notes on Some Reptiles and Batrachians from the Northern Division of Papua, With Descriptions of New Species of Apisthocalamus and Lygosoma. Rec. Austral. Mus. 16: 289-293. - get paper here
 
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