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Flexiseps ardouini (MOCQUARD, 1897)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Yellow Skink 
SynonymSepsina ardouini MOCQUARD 1897: 211
Scelotes ardouini — ANGEL 1930: 110
Scelotes ardouini — ANGEL 1942: 131
Scelotes ardouini — BRYGOO 1981
Amphiglossus ardouini — BRYGOO 1983: 657
Amphiglossus ardouini — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 316
Amphiglossus ardouini — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Flexiseps ardouini — ERENS et al. 2017 
DistributionN Madagascar (Antsiranana)

Type locality: “Diego Suarez” (=Antsiranana) [lectotype locality]

Other localities: 12°19,575'S 49°20,495'E, 12°05,528'S 49°19,485'E.  
Reproductionoviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 1896.0417; paralectotype: MNHN-RA 1897.0032 (designated by Brygoo 1983; corrections fide I. Ineich, pers. comm. 2 Oct 2018) 
CommentDistribution: see map in BRYGOO 1985. 
EtymologyNamed after Captain Léon Ardouin (1841-1909) a plant collector in Madagascar (1896-1897). Beolens et al. (2011) believe him to be the "Captain Ardouin" to whom Mocquard refers in the etymology. 
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Brygoo, E.R. 1985. Systématique des lézards scincides de la région malgache. XVII. Gongylus splendidus A. GRANDIDIER 1872, Scelotes macrolepis BOULENGER 1888, et Scelotes decaryi ANGEL 1930. Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris, 4th ser., Sect. A., 7 (1): 235-247
  • Brygoo,E.R. 1981. Systématique des lézards scincides de la région malgache. IX. Nouvelles unités taxinomiques pour les Scelotes s.l. Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris, 4th ser., Sect. A., 3 (4): 1193-1204
  • Brygoo,E.R. 1983. Systématique des lézards scincides de la région malgache. X. Rapports de Gongylus johannae GÜNTHER 1880, des Comores, et de Sepsina valhallae BOULENGER 1909, des Glorieuses, avec les espèces malgaches. Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris, (4) 5 (2): 651-660
  • D'Cruze, Neil; Jeremy Sabel, Katie Green, Jeffrey Dawson, Carlie Gardner, Janine Robinson, Georgina Starkie, Miguel Vences, and Frank Glaw. 2007. The First Comprehensive Survey of Amphibians and Reptiles at Montagne des Francais, Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 2 (2): 87-99 - get paper here
  • Erens, Jesse; Aurélien Miralles, Frank Glaw, Lars Chatrou, Miguel Vences 2016. Extended molecular phylogenetics and revised systematics of Malagasy scincine lizards. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • MIRALLES, AURÉLIEN, ACHILLE P. RASELIMANANA, DOMOINA RAKOTOMALALA, MIGUEL VENCES & DAVID R. VIEITES 2011. A new large and colorful skink of the genus Amphiglossus from Madagascar revealed by morphology and multilocus molecular study. Zootaxa 2918: 47–67 - get paper here
  • Mocquard, FRANÇOIS 1897. Notes herpétologiques. Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat., Paris, [ser. 1], 3 (6): 211-217. - get paper here
  • Schmitz, A.; M.C. Brandley; P. Mausfeld; M. Vences; F. Glaw; R.A. Nussbaum and T.W. Reeder 2005. Opening the black box: phylogenetics and morphological evolution of the Malagasy fossorial lizards of the subfamily “Scincinae”. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34: 118–133 (published online 2004) - get paper here
  • 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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