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Flexiseps johannae (GÜNTHER, 1880)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Johanna's Skink 
SynonymGongylus johannae GÜNTHER 1880: 236
Gongylus teres VAILLANT 1887 (fide ANGEL 1942)
Scelotes johannae — ANGEL 1942: 126
Amphiglossus johannae — BRYGOO 1981
Amphiglossus johannae — BRYGOO 1983: 651
Amphiglossus johannae — MEIRTE 1999
Scelotes johannae — HENKEL & SCHMIDT 2000
Flexiseps johannae — ERENS et al. 2017 
DistributionComoro Island (Mayotte), Johanna Island

Type locality: “L’île d’Anjouan” (= Johanna Island)  
Reproductionoviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.8.2.54 (designated by Brygoo 1983); Syntypes: BMNH 1946.8.2.54, 1946.8.2.83. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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  • 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. 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
  • Carretero, M.A.; Harris, J.D. & Rocha, S. 2005. Recent observation of reptiles in the Comoro islands (Western Indian Ocean). Herpetological Bulletin (91): 19-28
  • 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
  • Günther,C.A.L.G. 1880. Description of new species of reptiles from eastern Africa. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5) 6 (33): 234-238 - get paper here
  • Hawlitschek, Oliver; Boris Brückmann, Johannes Berger, Katie Green, Frank Glaw 2011. Integrating field surveys and remote sensing data to study distribution, habitat use and conservation status of the herpetofauna of the Comoro Islands. ZooKeys 144: 21-79 - get paper here
  • Meirte,D. 1999. In: Louette,M., La faune terrestre de Mayotte. Annales Sciences Zoologiques, Musée Royal de l’Afrique centrale, Tervuren, Belgique 284: 247 pp.
  • 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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