Sphenomorphus mimikanus (BOULENGER, 1914)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Lygosoma mimikanum BOULENGER 1914: 257|
Lygosoma (Parotosaurus) mimikanum — DE ROOIJ 1915: 169
Otosaurus mimikanum — SMITH 1937: 218
Otosaurus mimikanus — MITTLEMAN 1952
Sphenomorphus mimikanus — LINKEM et al. 2010
Sphenomorphus mimikanum — FELDMAN et al. 2015
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea|
Type locality: Mimika River
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19126.96.36.199 (formerly 19188.8.131.52), Mimika River, Dutch New Guinea, collected British Ornithological Union Expedition.|
|Diagnosis||Description: Snout short, obtuse; lower eyelid scaly; ear-opening large, oval, smaller than the eye-opening, the tympanum deeply sunk, no lobules. Nostril in the nasal; a very small triangular supra-nasal between the frontonasal, the nasal and the postnasal; frontonasal more broad than long, in contact with the rostral and with the single praefrontal (the praefrontals being fused in the only known specimen); frontal narrowed behind, as long as frontoparietals and interparietal together, in contact with the first supraciliary and the three anterior supraoculars; seven supraoculars, first longest, last very small; twelve supraciliaries, first largest; frontoparietals a little larger than the interparietal; parietals in contact; three pair of nuchals; fifth to seventh upper labials below the eye. Body stout; the distance between the tip of the snout and the fore limb is contained one time and one third in that between axilla and groin; 40 smooth scales round the middle, dorsals largest, laterals smallest; prae-anals enlarged. Limbs strong, the hind limb reaches the elbow; digits short, compressed, fourth toe with 15 or 16 lamellae below, most of them obtusely keeled (de Rooij 1917: 169).|
Coloration: Reddish-brown above, spotted with brown, the spots forming numerous irregular transverse series; a dark brown spot behind and below the eye; lips light, with dark brown spots. Lower parts white (de Rooij 1917: 169).
Size: Length of head and body 90 mm.; tail (reprod.) 105 mm (de Rooij 1917: 169).
|Comment||Preliminary entry. Current status/name unclear.|
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