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Papuascincus species 1

 
 
 




This small, attractive skink, measuring around 5cm from snout to vent, is an undescribed species of the genus Papuascincus.

It possesses distinctive colouration and patterning. The body is jet black, and is adorned with a narrow, green, continuous vertebral stripe. Another discontinuous stripe occurs on either side of the body : these are green-gold. The flanks are adorned with yellow-gold flecks, and the tail is yellowish-brown. The eyes are of medium size, and the limbs moderately slender.

Typically this skink is found basking in the sun on rocks or mossy boulders in forest clearings.

The specimens shown here were found at the margins of lower montane forest in the Kutubu and Gobe areas of Southern Highlands Province of PNG, at elevations of between 750 and 1300 metres.

The geographical and altitudinal range of this species is uncertain.