ePrints@IIScePrints@IISc Home | About | Browse | Latest Additions | Advanced Search | Contact | Help

Lizard Wears Shades. A Spectacled Sphenomorphus (Squamata: Scincidae), from the Sacred Forests of Mawphlang, Meghalaya, North-east India

Datta-Roy, Aniruddha and Das, Indraneil and Bauer, Aaron M and Tron, Ronald Lyngdoh K and Karanth, Praveen (2013) Lizard Wears Shades. A Spectacled Sphenomorphus (Squamata: Scincidae), from the Sacred Forests of Mawphlang, Meghalaya, North-east India. In: ZOOTAXA, 3701 (2). pp. 257-276.

[img]
Preview
PDF
z03701p276f.pdf - Published Version

Download (109kB) | Preview
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3701.2.7

Abstract

A new species of lygosomatine scincid lizard is described from the sacred forests of Mawphlang, in Meghalaya, northeastern India. Sphenomorphus apalpebratus sp. nov. possesses a spectacle or brille, an unusual feature within the Scincidae, and a first for the paraphyletic genus Sphenomorphus. The new species is compared with other members of the genus to which it is here assigned, as well as to members of the lygosomatine genera Lipinia and Scincella from mainland India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and south-east Asia, to which it also bears resemblance. The new taxon is diagnosable in exhibiting the following combination of characters: small body size (SVL to 42.0 mm); moveable eyelids absent; auricular opening scaleless, situated in a shallow depression; dorsal scales show a line of demarcation along posterior edge of ventral pes; midbody scale rows 27-28; longitudinal scale rows between parietals and base of tail 62-64; lamellae under toe IV 8-9; supraoculars five; supralabials 5-6; infralabials 4-5; subcaudals 92; and dorsum golden brown, except at dorsal margin of lateral line, which is lighter, with four faintly spotted lines, two along each side of vertebral row of scales, that extend to tail base. The new species differs from its congeners in the lack of moveable eyelids, a character shared with several distantly related scincid genera.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article is belongs to MAGNOLIA PRESS
Keywords: Squamata; Sauria; Scincidae; Sphenomorphus; new species; phylogenetic relationships; Meghalaya; India
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 04:55
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 04:58
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/47345

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item