Thursday, November 14, 2013

[Herpetology • 2012] Rediscovery and Redescription of the Holotype of Lygosoma vittigerum (= Lipinia vittigera) Boulenger, 1894



Abstract

We report about the rediscovery of the holotype of the Southeast Asian striped skink Lipinia vittigera and provide a detailed redescription together with photographs and drawings. The species was first described by George Albert Boulenger in 1894 as Lygosoma vittigerum based on a specimen collected by Elio Modigliani on the island of Sereinu (= Sipura), west of Sumatra. The original type specimen was considered to be lost for more than a century and was recently rediscovered in the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale “Giacomo Doria” (MSNG) in Genova, Italy.

Keywords: holotype, rediscovery, re-description, Lipinia, skink, Squamata, Indonesia


Yannick Bucklitsch, Peter Geissler, Timo Hartmann, Giuliano Doria and André Koch. 2012. Rediscovery and Redescription of the Holotype of Lygosoma vittigerum (= Lipinia vittigera) Boulenger, 1894. Acta Herpetologica. 7(2): 325-329

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