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The Jakati River Skink

Emoia jakati is a super-species named for the Jakati River on the Vogelkop Peninsula of Indonesian New Guinea.

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Distribution: Eastern Indonesia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Pacific.

Habitat: Coconut plantations and lowland rainforests.


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Diet: Small arthropods.

Max. length: 36-53 mm SVL.

Reproductive strategy: Oviparous with clutches of two eggs.

Emoia jakati is a super-species named for the Jakati River on the Vogelkop Peninsula of Indonesian New Guinea, which contains several genetic species that are morphologically indistinguishable. A few specimens were encountered in the coconut husk piles; it is an inhabitant of forest clearings as well as coconut husk piles.

Sources for more information:

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Brown, W.C. 1991. “Lizards of the genus Emoia (Scincidae) with observations on their evolution and biogeography.” Mem. Calif. Acad. Sci. 15 vi+94.

McCoy, M. 1980 .Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Wau Ecology Handbook No.7. vi+80.

Mys, B. 1988. “The zoogeography of the scincid lizards from North Papua New Guinea (Reptilia: Scincidae). I. The distribution of the species.” Bulletin de L'Institute Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. 58;127-183.