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Caledoniscincus auratus SADLIER, BAUER & COLGAN, 1999

IUCN Red List - Caledoniscincus auratus - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymCaledoniscincus auratus SADLIER, BAUER & COLGAN 1999
Caledoniscincus auratus — SMITH et al. 2007 
DistributionNew Caledonia (Koumac Caves in the northwest of New Caledonia).

Type locality: Koumac Caves, approx. 9 km E of Koumac, New Caledonia (20°33’S, 164° 21’ E) Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: AMS R144298 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin “auratus”, meaning golden or ornamented with gold, and alludes to the prominent gold flecking on adult males of this species. 
References
  • Bauer, A. M. & SADLIER, R. A. (eds.) 2000. The herpetofauna of New Caledonia. Contributions to Herpetology, 17; Society for Study Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York.
  • Sadlier,R.A., Bauer,A.M. & Colgan,D.J. 1999. The scincid lizard genus Caledoniscincus (Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia in the Southwest Pacific: a review of Caledoniscincus austrocaledonicus (Bavay) and description of six new species from Province Nord. Rec. Austral. Mus. 51 (1): 57-82 - get paper here
  • Smith, Sarah A.; Ross A. Sadlier, Aaron M. Bauer, Christopher C. Austin and Todd Jackman 2007. Molecular phylogeny of the scincid lizards of New Caledonia and adjacent areas: Evidence for a single origin of the endemic skinks of Tasmantis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43 (3): 1151-1166 - get paper here
 
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