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Sphenomorphus neuhaussi (VOGT, 1911)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma neuhaussi VOGT 1911: 422
Sphenomorphus neuhaussi — MYS 1988: 145
Sphenomorphus neuhaussi — GREER 1990 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Chimbu Province, Maibang, Tauta), Bismarck Archipelago

Type locality: Sattelberg on the Huon Peninsula  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 22167-69, collected R. Neuhauss. 
CommentStatus unclear. Closely related to S. pratti.

Abundance: Rare. This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector, Prof. Dr. Neuhauss. 
  • Adler,G.H.; Austin,C.C. & Dudley,R. 1995. Dispersal and speciation of skinks among archipelagos in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Evolutionary Ecology 9: 529-541 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Greer,A.E. 1990. Overlap pattern in the preanal scale row: an important systematic character in skinks. Journal of Herpetology 24 (3): 328-330 - get paper here
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - get paper here
  • Mys, Benoit 1988. The zoogeography of the scincid lizards from North Papua New Guinea (Reptilia: Scincidae). I. The distribution of the species. Bull. Inst. Roy. Sci. Nat. Belgique (Biologie) 58: 127-183
  • Vogt, T. 1911. Reptilien und Amphibien aus Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land. Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturf. Freunde Berlin 1911: 420-420 - get paper here
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