Rough scales with many small ctenii covering most of body; head, including jaws, completely scaled, scales on cranium between supraoccipital crest and snout minute and unorganized, these scales also cover jaws, circumorbital
area, and region ventral to orbit; preopercle and opercle covered in loosely organized rows of larger scales, posteriorly flanked by accessory scales.
The qualitative scutellation characters examined in all specimens included sizes of the postantebrachial scales on the posterior aspect of each forearm and of the mesoptychial scales bordering the edge of the gular fold, anterior extent of the circumorbital
scale series on both sides of the head, and number of parietal scales on the posterior aspect of the head (see Duellman and Zweifel, 1962).
1997) interpreted a small arcuate plate as a possible circumorbital
tessera in Astraspis desiderata and reconstructed the eye region consisting of four such tesserae forming one ring.
There is a large area of bare dusky circumorbital
skin, bluish in front of and above the eye and below and behind the eye, with a few tiny white feathers forming barely visible white specks around the upper and lower front edges of the eye (but not on the cranial or caudal edges and not nearly forming a complete ring).
There are 130 granules around midbody, 212 granules from occiput to rump, 48 femoral pores summed, 32 subdigital lamellae on the longest toe of the left pes, 11 circumorbital
scales summed, 16 lateral supraocular granules on the left side, 16 enlarged mesoptychial scales, and 4-4 supraocular scales.
Characters Description Stripes Number of pale dorsal stripes (five-seven) scored at midbody FP Bilateral total of femoral pores on thighs COS Bilateral total of circumorbital
scales as standardized by Wright and Lowe (1967) PSG Bilateral total of para-supraocular granules; all granular scales anterior and lateral to the circumorbital
scale row including those between supraoculars and superciliaries (lateral supraocular granules) SDL Number of subdigital lamellae on the fourth toe of one foot (right chosen unless damaged) GAB Number of granular dorsal scales in a single row around midbody.
At progressively larger sizes they extend to the circumorbital
bones, the lower jaw, the gill cover membrane, and the scales on the sides of the body.
2B) with a SVL of 65 mm; a tail length (TL) of 165 mm; 84 granules around body (GAB); 17/17 femoral pores (FP); 29/30 subdigital lamellae on the fourth pes (SDL); six granules between paravertebral stripes (PVG); 197 granules from occiput to rump (GOR); 29/26 lateral supraocular granules (LSG); 9/9 circumorbital
granules (COG); slightly enlarged postantebrachial scales, and enlarged mesoptychial scales.
COS Sum of circumorbital
scales on both sides of the head as standardized by Wright and Lowe (1967) SOS Supraocular semicircles.
7 percent of the granules around midbody lying between the paravertebral stripes, 38 femoral pores combined, 31 subdigital lamellae of the longest toe of the left pes, nine circumorbital
scales combined, 20 lateral supraocular granules on the left side, eight supraocular scales combined, 15 mesoptychial scales bordering the gular fold, and large platelike postantebrachial scales (analyses follow Duellman and Zweifel, 1962; Walker, 1981).
neotesselata has a dorsal pattern typically consisting of seven pale-colored stripes in juveniles, or their remnants in adults, dark intervening fields marked by spots and bars in all individuals, an irregular unbroken pale streak on posterior surfaces of one or both thighs, and <30 circumorbital
scales (Walker et al.
fronticinctus by Randall & Dooley (1974), including 4 pores on each dentary, 5 pores on preopercular margin, 8 pores in area immediately above preoperculum-operculum, 9 circumorbital
pores, and 4 supraorbital-snout pores; median interorbital pore absent.