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New Species of Lipinia (Squamata: Scincidae) from Borneo, Revealed by Molecular and Morphological Data
 

Summary: New Species of Lipinia (Squamata: Scincidae) from Borneo, Revealed by
Molecular and Morphological Data
INDRANEIL DAS
1,2
AND CHRISTOPHER C. AUSTIN
3
1
Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 94300, Kota Samarahan,
Sarawak, Malaysia; E-mail: idas@ibec.unimas.my
3
Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University, 119 Foster Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, USA;
E-mail: ccaustin@lsu.edu
ABSTRACT.--A new species of scincid lizard of the genus Lipinia is described from isolated localities in
Borneo, from Sabah, Sarawak, and Kalimantan. The species was formerly allocated to Lipinia quadrivittata
(Peters, 1867), a species known from the southern Philippines and Sulawesi in eastern Indonesia. The new
species is compared with congeners from Borneo and other parts of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific and
is diagnosable in showing the following combination of characters: small body size (SVL to 40.6 mm);
external ear opening absent; lower eyelid with a clear spectacle; midbody scale rows 20; longitudinal scale
rows between parietals and base of tail 4650; lamellae under toe IV 1617; supralabials 6; infralabials 67;
subcaudals 6874; and dorsum tan brown with dark gray-brown stripes. Although morphologically similar to

  

Source: Austin, Christopher C. - Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology