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Caledoniscincus orestes SADLIER, 1987

IUCN Red List - Caledoniscincus orestes - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymCaledoniscincus orestes SADLIER 1987: 48
Caledoniscincus orestes — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Caledoniscincus orestes — BAUER & SADLIER 2000 
DistributionNew Caledonia (elevation between 400 and 1680 m)

Type locality: Mt. Panié, NE New Caledonia  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R77882, adult male 
CommentAbundance: common

Habitat: closed forest 
EtymologyNamed after Orestes, the son of King Agamemnon and his wife, Clytemnestra. Clytemnestra murdered Agamemnon, and then Orestes and his sister Electra murdered Clytemnestra to avenge their father. 
  • Adler,G.H.; Austin,C.C. & Dudley,R. 1995. Dispersal and speciation of skinks among archipelagos in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Evolutionary Ecology 9: 529-541 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A. M. & SADLIER, R. A. 2000. The herpetofauna of New Caledonia. Contributions to Herpetology, 17; Society for Study Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York.
  • Bauer, A.M. & Sadlier,R.A. 1993. Systematics, biogeography and conservation of the lizards of New Caledonia. Biodiv. Lett. 1: 107-122 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Sadlier R A 1987. A review of the scincid lizards of New Caledonia. Rec. Austral. Mus. 39(1) 1987: 1-66 [1986] - get paper here
  • Sadlier, R.A., O’Meally, D., and Bauer, A.M. 2002. The scincid lizard genus Caledoniscincus (Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific: a review of Caledoniscincus orestes Sadlier. Zoologica Neocaledonica 5, Mem. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 187:257-267.
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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