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Sphenomorphus maindroni (SAUVAGE, 1879)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesSphenomorphus maindroni maindroni (SAUVAGE 1878)
Sphenomorphus maindroni wolfi (STERNFELD 1918) 
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma (Hinulia) maindroni SAUVAGE 1879: 54
Lygosoma (Hinulia) maindroni — DE ROOIJ 1915: 178
Lygosoma (Hinulia) maindroni wolfi STERNFELD 1918: 395
Sphenomorphus maindroni wolfi — MERTENS 1924
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) maindroni — SMITH 1937: 219
Sphenomorphus maindroni — GREER 1982
Sphenomorphus maindroni — GREER & SHEA 2004
Sphenomorphus wolfi — SHEA 2009 (pers. comm). 
DistributionPapua New Guinea, Admirality Islands, New Britain

Type locality: “Nouvelle-Guinee”  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 5267 (2914b), near Haas, New Guinea, collected L. Laglaize.
Holotype: SMF 14454 (6239 1a in Mertens, 1922), Galnan, Admiralty Islands, New Guinea, collected E. Wolf, 1909 [wolfi] 
CommentSynonymy: Lygosoma (Hinulia) maindroni wolfi STERNFELD 1918 and Lygosoma (Otosaurus) wolfi STERNFELD 1918 (previously considered as a synonym of Sphenomorphus concinnatus) are different taxa.

wolfi: Solomon Islands (Bougainville); Terra typica: “Galnan, Admiralitäts-Inseln”. 
EtymologyEtymology (wolfi): Named after the collector, E. Wolf, of the “Hanseatische Südsee-Expedition 1909”. 
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  • Baker, Nick 2017. Sphenomorphus sp. ('S. maindroni') from Gobe, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. SEAVR 2017: 46-47 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1887. Second contribution to the herpetology of the Solomon islands. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1887: 333-340 - get paper here
  • Burt, Charles E.; Burt, May Danheim 1932. Herpetological results of the Whitney South Sea Expedition. VI. Pacific island amphibians and reptiles in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 63 (5): 461-597
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  • Greer A E 1982. A new species of Geomyersia (Scincidae) from the Admirality Islands, with a summary of the genus. Journal of Herpetology 16 (1): 61-66 - 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,A.E. & PARKER,F. 1967. A second skink with fragmented head scales from Bougainville, Solomon Islands. Breviora (279): 1-12 - get paper here
  • Greer,A.E. & Parker,F. 1967. A new scincid lizard from the northern Solomon Islands. Breviora (275): 1-20 - get paper here
  • Hediger, H. 1934. Beitrag zur Herpetologie und Zoogeographie Neu-Britanniens und einiger umliegender Gebiete. Zool. Jahrb. (Syst.) 65: 441-582
  • Mertens, Robert 1924. Herpetologische Mitteilungen. III. Zur Nomenklatur einiger Scinciden. Senckenbergiana 6: 180-181
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  • Schmidt, KP 1932. Reptiles and Amphibians from the Solomon Islands. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Zool. Ser. - 18 (9): 175-190 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
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