Tentatively identified as
a type of Emoia, this small but attractive skink was found in the
Kutubu area of Southern Highlands Province of PNG at an elevation of 1100
This skink measures around 5 cm from snout to vent (SVL), and its tail is
around 1.5 times SVL length.
Its head, dorsal surface and tail are orange-brown, adorned with numerous
darker flecks. The flanks are dark brown, adorned with occasional pale
flecks. The limbs are slender and variously mottled with orange-brown or
dark brown. The ear opening is marked by a pale yellow spot, and the eye is
medium in size.
The specimen was found basking amongst plant debris adjacent to lower
montane forest, in direct sunlight.