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> Lizards of PNG  

 

 

 

Many hundreds of species of lizard inhabit mainland Papua New Guinea, including an astounding diversity of over 100 species of skink. Illustrated on these pages are a few examples - mainly species from lower montane habitats in the central mountain chain. There are numerous undescribed lizard species in PNG, and doubtless many, many more new discoveries to be made in remote areas.

 

See also ... Lizards of SE Asia

 
Skinks  (Scincidae)

Encounters with skinks in PNG are often just fleeting glimpses of small, dark, slender lizards which flee from any disturbance, however close-up photography reveals a huge diversity of forms, many of which remain undescribed in scientific literature. Determining the species of a skink based solely on photographs is very difficult : most of the species illustrated below are only tentatively assigned to their genus.

 

       
Carlia sp. 1
 
  Cryptoblepharus yulensis
 
  (?) Emoia sp. 1 ?
 
  (?) Emoia sp. 2
 
  (?) Emoia sp. 3
 
       
Eugongylus cf. rufescens
 
  Lobulia elegans
 
  Papuascincus sp. 1
 
  Sphenomorphus sp. 1
 
  Unassigned sp. 1
 
         

Grateful thanks go to Mark O'Shea for his assistance in gamely identifying
some of these skinks to genus or species level, based purely on photographs.