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Flexiseps decaryi (ANGEL, 1930)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesRock Skink 
SynonymScelotes decaryi ANGEL 1930: 506
Scelotes decaryi — ANGEL 1942: 128
Scelotes decaryi — BRYGOO 1985: 243
Amphiglossus decaryi — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 319
Amphiglossus decaryi — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Flexiseps decaryi — ERENS et al. 2017 
DistributionSE Madagascar

Type locality: “rochers de la zone littorale de Fort-Dauphin” (Brygoo 1985: 243)  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1930.0336 
Diagnosis 
CommentFlexiseps decaryi has been “tentatively” assigned to Flexiseps by Erens et al. 2017

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after Raymond Decary (1891-1973), a colonial administrator in Madagascar (1916-1944). He was a zoologist, botanist, geologist, and ethnographer and was interested in anything and everything to do with Madagascar, contributing over 40,000 specimens of Malagasy flora to the Paris herbarium. 
References
  • Angel, F. 1930. Diagnoses d’espèces nouvelles de lézards de Madagascar, appartenant au genre Scelotes. Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris (2) 2 (5): 506-509 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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
 
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