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Sphenomorphus undulatus (PETERS & DORIA, 1878)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma (Hinulia) undulatum PETERS & DORIA 1878: 343
Lygosoma aruanum ROUX (fide GREER & PARKER 1974)
Lygosoma (Hinulia) aruanum — DE ROOIJ 1915: 186
Lygosoma amboinense KOPSTEIN 1926: 83
Sphenomorphus undulatus — DUNN 1927
Lygosoma dammermani KOPSTEIN 1927: 441
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) undulatum — SMITH 1937: 220
Sphenomorphus undulatus — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995 
DistributionIndonesia (Irian Jaya), New Guinea

Type locality: “Kordo nell’Isola di Misori [Korido, Biak Island, Irian Jaya]; Andai [Doberai (Vogelkop) Peninsula, Irian Jaya]; Fly River [Papua New Guinea?]”.  
TypesSyntypes: MSNG 27834-5 (3 specimens in total), from Korido, Misori I., collected O. Beccari, 1875; Andai, New Guinea, collected L.M. D'Albertis, 1872, and Fly River, New Guinea, collected L.M. d'Albertis, 1875.
Holotype: NMBA = NHMB [aruanum]
Holotype: MZB [dammermani] 
CommentSynonymy: L. dammermani and Lygosoma amboinense have only been tentatively synonymized with S. undulatus.

Distribution: not on the Solomon Islands fide McCoy 2015. 
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  • Dunn, E. R. 1927. Results of the Douglas Burden Expedition to the Island of Komodo. III.- Lizards from the East Indies. American Museum Novitates (288): 1-13 - get paper here
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  • Iskandar, Djoko T. and Mumpuni 2002. The herpetological type specimens in the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense Collection. Hamadryad 27 (1):123-135 - get paper here
  • Kramer, Eugen 1979. Typenkatalog der Echsen im Naturhistorischen Museum Basel (BM), Stand 1978. [type catalogue] Revue Suisse de Zoologie 86 (1): 159-166 - get paper here
  • McCoy, M. 2015. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Michael McCoy, Kuranda - get paper here
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig and G. Doria. 1878. Catalogo dei retilli e dei batraci raccolti da O. Beccari, L. M. D'Alberts e A. A. Bruijn. nella sotto-regione Austro-Malese. Annali del Museo Civico de Storia Naturale di Genova. ser. 1, 13: 323-450 - 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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