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Emoia nativitatis (BOULENGER, 1887)

IUCN Red List - Emoia nativitatis - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Christmas Island Whiptail-skink, Forest skink 
SynonymLygosoma nativitatis BOULENGER 1887: 516
Lygosoma nativitatis — BOULENGER 1889: 536
Emoia nativittatis — COGGER 1983
Emoia nativittatis — COGGER 2000: 728
Emoia nativittatis — COUPER et al. 2006: 380
Emoia nativitatis — COGGER 2014: 552 
DistributionChristmas Islands (Indian Ocean, belongs to Australia)

Type locality: Christmas Is., Indian Ocean.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.10.59 
CommentConservation: Extinct fide Tingley et al. 2019.

Distribution: see map in Richmond et al. 2021: Fig. 2. 
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1889. On the reptiles of Christmas Island. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1888: 534-536. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1887. Report on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. III. Reptiles. Proc. zool. Soc. London 1887: 516-517 - get paper here
  • Brown W C 1991. Lizards of the genus Emoia (Scincidae) with observations on their evolution and biogeography. MEMOIRS OF THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (No. 15) 1991: i-vi, 1-94 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Couper, P., Covacevich, J., Amey, A. & Baker, A. 2006. The genera of skinks (Family Scincidae) of Australia and its island territories: diversity, distribution and identification. in: Merrick, J.R., Archer, M., Hickey, G.M. & Lee, M.S.Y. (eds.). Evolution and Zoogeography of Australasian Vertebrates. Australian Scientific Publishing, Sydney, pp. 367-384
  • Oliver PM, Blom MPK, Cogger HG, Fisher RN, Richmond JQ, Woinarski JCZ. 2018. Insular biogeographic origins and high phylogenetic distinctiveness for a recently depleted lizard fauna from Christmas Island, Australia. Biol. Lett. 14: 20170696 - get paper here
  • Richmond, J. Q., Wostl, E., Reed, R. N., & Fisher, R. N. 2021. Range eclipse leads to tenuous survival of a rare lizard species on a barrier atoll. Oryx, 1-10 - get paper here
  • Tingley, Reid; Macdonald, Stewart L; Mitchell, Nicola J; Woinarski, John C Z; Meiri, Shai; Bowles, Phil; Cox, Neil A; Shea, Glenn M; Böhm, Monika; Chanson, Janice; Tognelli, Marcelo F; Harris, Jaclyn; Walke, Claire; Harrison, Natasha; Victor, Savanna 2019. Geographic and taxonomic patterns of extinction risk in Australian squamates. Biol. Conserv. 238, 108203 - get paper here
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