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Sphenomorphus louisiadensis (BOULENGER, 1903)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma louisiadense BOULENGER 1903: 433
Lygosoma louisiadense — DE ROOIJ 1915: 185
Sphenomorphus louisiadensis — GREER 1979 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: Rossel Island  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.19.21-26 (formerly 99.4.25.8-13), Rossel I., Louisiade Archipelago, PNG, collected A.S. Meek. 
Diagnosis 
CommentThis species belongs to a new genus to be described, as it nests within the Eugongylini, fide Chapple et al. 2023. 
References
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1903. Descriptions of new lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7) 12: 429-435 - get paper here
  • Chapple, D., Chapple, S., Smith, S., Shea, G., Brennan, I., & Sadlier, R. 2023. Phylogenetic relationships in the Eugongylini (Squamata: Scincidae): generic limits and biogeography. Australian Journal of Zoology 70(6): 165–203 - 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. 1979. A phylogenetic subdivision of Australian skinks. Rec. Austral. Mus. 32: 339-371 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1977. On the adaptive significance of the loss of an oviduct in reptiles. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 101(4): 242-249 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
 
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