The Atoll of Funafuti, Ellice group : its zoology, botany, ethnology and general structure based on collections made by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, Sydney, N.S.W.
Family Scincidæ. — Lygosoma (Emoa), Gray
Lygosoma (Emoa), Gray.
Lygosoma cyanurum, Lesson.
Lygosoma cyanurum, Lesson, sp., Voy. "Coquilie," Zool, ii., p. 49, pl. iv., fig. 2.
The phrase * "four labials anterior to the large subocular" should read "four or five labials, "etc., in order to receive the examples from Funafuti which do not otherwise differ from specimens received from elsewhere.
Lygosoma adspersum, Steindachner.
Lygosoma adspersum, Steindachner, sp., Sitz. K. Akad. Wiss. Wien., lxii., 1870, pl. iv., fig. 1.
This species, apparently the least widely known of the four Lacertilians received, is very common on the Funafuti Atoll. Eggs were obtained; they are very nearly spherical, their greatest diameter measuring 13 millim., and their least diameter 12 millim.
Finsch has recorded *four Lacertilians from the Gilbert Group, two of which only are identical with ours. He enumerates the following:—Gehyra oceanica, Platydactylus (Lepidodactylus) lugubris, Mabouia (Lygosoma) cyanura, and Ablepharus pcecilo-pleurus (A. boutonii).