Reptiles of
Rossel  [Papua New Guinea: Louisiade Archipelago]

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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (Compilation date: 14th April, 2023).

General remarks: The list includes only formally described species. Newly discovered, but still unnamed species are excluded. However, unnamed species or species unassigned to species level are included, if they are the only representatives of their genus in the region. Species counts exclude extinct and introduced species. Doubtful records, typically older voucher specimens of uncertain origin, have been excluded if considered questionable, as are records based on sources considered unreliable or controversial.
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Lizards (Sauria)
= endemicEX = extinct or assumed extinct

 Family Gekkonidae (Typical Geckos)
Genus Cyrtodactylus (Australasian Bent-toed Geckos)
Cyrtodactylus robustus

Rossel Island Bent-toed Gecko

Kraus 2008 Rooij 1915 [as louisiadensis]
Genus Gehyra (Four-clawed Geckos)
Gehyra mutilata

Common Four-clawed Gecko

Kraus & Shea 2005
Gehyra oceanica

Oceanic Gecko

Kraus 2005
Genus Gekko (Tokays)
Gekko vittatus

White-striped Gecko

Roesler, Bauer, Heinicke, Greenbaum, Jackman, Nguyen & Ziegler 2011 Rooij 1915
Genus Lepidodactylus (Scaly-toed Geckos)
Lepidodactylus lugubris

Common Mourning Gecko

Kraus & Shea 2005
Genus Nactus (Hook-toed Geckos)
Nactus acutus

Rossel Island Hook-toed Gecko

Kraus 2005
Nactus amplus

Giant Hook-toed Gecko

Zug 2020
Nactus modicus

Louisiade Hook-toed Gecko

Zug 2020
 Family Scincidae (Skinks)
Genus Carlia (Australian-Pacific Rainbow Skinks)
Carlia eothen

Eastern Papuan Rainbow Skink

Rooij 1915 [as fuscum] Zug 2004
Genus Emoia (Emo Skinks)
Emoia beryllion

Rossel Island Slender Skink

Brown 1991 [as tetrataenia] Kraus 2018 Rooij 1915 [as tetrataenia]
Emoia longicauda

Long-tailed Slender Tree Skink

Brown 1991
Genus Eugongylus (Short-legged Giant Skinks)
Eugongylus albofasciolatus

White-banded Giant Skink

Rooij 1915
Genus Glaphyromorphus (Short-legged Mulch Skinks)
Glaphyromorphus nigricaudis

Black-tailed Bar-lipped Skink

Rooij 1915 [as elegantulum]
Genus Prasinohaema (Green Tree Skinks)
Prasinohaema virens

Eastern Green Tree Skink

Rooij 1915
Genus Sphenomorphus (Indo-Pacific Forest Skinks)
Sphenomorphus aignanus

Misima Forest Skink

Rooij 1915
Sphenomorphus jobiensis

Yapen Forest Skink

Kraus & Shea 2005
Sphenomorphus louisiadensis

Rossel Island Forest Skink

Rooij 1915
 Family Varanidae (Monitor Lizards)
Genus Varanus (Monitor Lizards)
Varanus indicus

Pacific Monitor

Kraus & Shea 2005
Varanus telenesetes

Rossel Island Tree Monitor

Boehme 2003 Koch, Ernst, Eidenmuller & Kraus 2014 Sprackland 1991

Snakes (Serpentes)
= endemicEX = extinct or assumed extinct

 Family Boidae (Typical Boas)
Genus Candoia (Pacific Boas)
Candoia paulsoni

Pacific Ground Boa

O'Shea 1996 Smith, Chiszar, Tepedelen & Breukelen 2001
 Family Colubridae (Typical Snakes or Colubrids)
Genus Dendrelaphis (Bronzebacks)
Dendrelaphis papuensis

Eastern Papuan Bronzeback

O'Shea 1996
Genus Stegonotus (Indo-Australian Ground Snakes)
Stegonotus cucullatus

Doberai Ground Snake

Iskandar & Colijn 2001 McDowell 1972 O'Shea 1996
 Family Elapidae [part 1: terrestrial species] (Cobras, Mambas, etc.)
Genus Toxicocalamus (Papuan Worm-eating Snakes)
Toxicocalamus holopelturus

Rossel Island Worm-eating Snake

Iskandar & Colijn 2001 Kraus 2009 McDowell 1969 O'Shea 1996 O'Shea, Parker & Kaiser 2015
 Family Gerrhopilidae (Indo-Malayan Blind Snakes)
Genus Gerrhopilus (Indo-Malayan Blind Snakes)
Gerrhopilus hades

Bibikea Blind Snake

Kraus 2005
 Family Pythonidae (Pythons)
Genus Simalia (Scrub Pythons)
Simalia amethistina

Amethystine Python

Harvey, Barker, Ammerman & Chippindale 2000 O'Shea 1996