Sphenomorphus rufus (BOULENGER, 1887)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Sphenomorphus rufus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Lygosoma rufum BOULENGER 1887: 239|
Lygosoma (Hinulia) rufum — DE ROOIJ 1915: 177
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) rufum — SMITH 1937: 220
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) rufum — LOVERIDGE 1948: 317
Sphenomorphus rufus — TALLOWIN, SHEA & ALLISON 2015
Type locality: “Aru Island, Papuasia”
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19126.96.36.199 (formerly 188.8.131.52)|
|Diagnosis||Description: Snout 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 meeting with the inner angles; frontal almost as long as frontoparietals and interparietal together, in contact with the two anterior supraoculars ; four supraoculars, followed by a very small one; nine or ten supraciliaries; frontoparietals longer than interparietal; parietals in contact; no nuchals; fifth upper labial below the eye. Body with 32 smooth scales round the middle, the two vertebral series enlarged, laterals smallest; the distance between the tip of the snout and the fore limb is contained one time and two fifths in that between axilla and groin; praeanals enlarged. Limbs strong, slightly overlapping when adpressed; digits short, compressed, fourth toe with 20 smooth, divided lamellae below (de Rooij 1917: 177).|
Coloration: Reddish-brown above, variegated with darker and lighter
tints. Lower parts brownish-white (de Rooij 1917: 177).
Size: Length of head and body 60mm; tail (reproduced) 48 mm (de Rooij 1917: 177).
|Comment||Synonymy: Lygosoma rufum has been considered as synonym of Sphenomorphus jobiensis.|
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