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Malagasy scincid lizards: descriptions of nine new species, with notes on the morphology, reproduction and taxonomy of some
 

Summary: Malagasy scincid lizards: descriptions of nine new species, with
notes on the morphology, reproduction and taxonomy of some
previously described species (Reptilia, Squamata: Scincidae)
Franco Andreone1
and Allen E. Greer2
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1
Sezione di Zoologia, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Via G. Giolitti, 36, I-10123 Torino, Italy
2
Herpetology Section, The Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia
(Accepted 25 October 2001)
Abstract
The taxonomy and/or natural history of 33 species of scincid lizards from Madagascar are reviewed. Most
of the material, consisting of 187 specimens now housed in the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali,
Turin, Italy, has been collected recently, but some dates to the 19th century. Nine new species are described
in three genera: Amphiglossus mandady, A. nanus, A. spilostichus, A. stylu, A. tanysoma, Paracontias
manify, P. hafa, P. tsararano and Pseudoacontias menamainty, increasing the known skink fauna of
Madagascar (62 species) by 14.5%. All the new species come from the closed forests of north-eastern
Madagascar. Additionally, Amphiglossus praeornatus is resurrected from the synonymy of A. fronto-
parietalis, and Androngo alluaudi, A. crenni and A. elongatus are transferred to the genus Amphiglossus.

  

Source: Andreone, Franco - Zoology Department, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology