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Sphenomorphus vanheurni (BRONGERSMA, 1942)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma (Sphenomorphus) vanheurni BRONGERSMA 1942
Sphenomorphus vanheurni balicus MERTENS 1957: 29
Sphenomorphus vanheurni — GRISMER 2006 
DistributionIndonesia (Java)

Type locality: shore of the crater lake "Taman Hidoep", above Bremi, Ijang Mts., 1900 m, Probolinggo Residency, E . Java.

balicus: Holotypus: SMF 23275. Type locality: Gitgit, 550 m elevation, Bali.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: RMNH RENA 7967, collector W.C.van Heurn, collecting date: 11-1934
Holotypus: SMF 23275, from “Gitgit, 550 m H., Bali” [balicus] 
CommentDiagnose (balicus). Wie vanheurni, aber nur 64 (statt 81) Dorsalsdiuppen von* den Parietalia bis zu einer die Hinterseite der Obersdienkel verbindenden Linie* und nur 12 (statt 14—15) Lamellen unter der vierten Zehe, die auf der Ober- seite hinter den zwei unpaaren distalen Schuppen 5—6 (statt 4) paarig an- geordnete aufweist (Mertens 1957). 
EtymologyNamed after Willem Cornelis Van Heurn (1887-1972), a taxonomist, biologist, and preparator who was wealthy but chose to work. He sent most of his specimens to Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum, Leiden, and worked there as Assistant Curator for Fossil Mammals (1941-1945). 
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  • Brongersma,L.D. 1942. Notes on scincid lizards. Zoologische Mededelingen 24: 125-152 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. Lee 2006. Two new species of skinks (Genus Sphenomorphus Fitzinger 1843) from the Seribuat Archipelago, West Malaysia. Herpetological Natural History 9 (2): 151-162.
  • Grismer, L. Lee. 2008. A new species of insular skink (Genus Sphenomorphus Fitzinger 1843) from the Langkawi Archipelago, Kedah, West Malaysia with the first report of the herpetofauna of Pulau Singa Besar and an updated checklist of the herpetofauna of Pulau Langkawi. Zootaxa 1691: 53-66 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; Ahmad, N. & Kin Onn, C. 2009. A new, diminutive, upland Sphenomorphus Fitzinger 1843 (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 2312: 27–38 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; Wood Jr., P.L. & Grismer, J.L. 2009. A New Insular Species of Skink of the Genus Sphenomorphus Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Scincidae) from Pulau Perhentian Besar, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. Tropical Life Sciences Research, 20(1): 51–69 - get paper here
  • Iskandar D. 1994. New scincid lizard of the genus Sphenomorphus (Reptilia, Scincidae), from Java [S. puncticentralis]. Treubia 31 (1): 25-30. - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1957. Zur Herpetofauna von Ostjava und Bali. Senckenbergiana biologica 38: 23-31
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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