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Taxonomy of the family Scincidae
Bibliography of the genus Papuascincus
Biodiversity of the family Scincidae








Genus
Papuascincus

Papuan Slender Skinks*

Papuanische Schlankskinke*

Papuanske Myndeskinker*

1986 Papuascincus Allison & Greer (type species: Lygosoma stanleyanum Boulenger 1897)
Contents: 4 species, all of which are endemic.
Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).

Papuascincus buergersi

Sepik Slender Skink*

Sepik-Schlankskink*

Sepik-myndeskink*

1932 Lygosoma buergersi Vogt
Emoia buergersi Smith 1937
Papuascincus buergersi Allison & Greer 1986

Remarks: Only known from its original description. Previously regarded as a tentative synonym of Emoia atrocostata (Brown 1991), but according to G.M. Shea (quoted by the Reptile Database; viewed 1 June 2017) it does not even belong in the genus Emoia. It is herein placed in the genus Papuascincus, following Allison & Greer (1986).
Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Papuascincus morokanus

Moroka Slender Skink*

Moroka-Schlankskink*

Moroka-myndeskink*

1936 Leiolopisma morokanum Parker
Lygosoma morokanum Smith 1937
Lygosoma stanleyanum morokanum Loveridge 1948
Scincella morokana Mittleman 1952
Lobulia morokanus Greer 1974
Papuascincus morokanus Allison & Greer 1986

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Papuascincus phaeodes

West Papuan Slender Skink*

Westpapuanischer Schlankskink*

Vestpapuansk Myndeskink*

1932 Lygosoma phaeodes Vogt
Scincella phaeodes Mittleman 1952
Lobulia phaeodes Greer 1974
Papuascincus phaeodes Allison & Greer 1986

Remarks: This species is known only from the type specimens and nothing is known about their distribution or ecology other than they are from New Guinea, probably the Sepik Basin in northwest Papua New Guinea (Tallowin, Allison & Shea 2015).
Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Papuascincus stanleyanus

Owen Stanley Range Slender Skink*

Owen-Stanley-Schlankskink*

Owen Stanley-myndeskink*

1897 Lygosoma stanleyanum Boulenger
Scincella stanleyana Mittleman 1952
Lobulia stanleyanus Greer 1974
Papuascincus stanleyanus Allison & Greer 1986

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).