Flexiseps stylus (ANDREONE & GREER, 2002)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Flexiseps stylus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Amphiglossus stylus ANDREONE & GREER 2002: 151|
Amphiglossus stylus — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Flexiseps stylus — ERENS et al. 2017
Type locality: collected at Masoala Peninsula, Campsite 5 (Menamalona),
Antalaha Fivondronana, Antsiranana Faritany (Diégo Suarez Province), 15°22.87'S, 49°59.27'E, elevation 780 m.
|Types||Holotype: MRSN R1732|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Differs from all other Amphiglossus, and indeed all other non-lygosomine skinks, in having the front and rear limbs reduced to a minute, clawless nub and style, respectively. It is also the only skink to have in combination: the absence an external ear opening and both the front and rear limbs reduced to small clawless stubs (Andreone et al. 2002).|
|Comment||Flexiseps stylus has been “tentatively” assigned to Flexiseps by Erens et al. 2017|
Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||Named after the Greek word for `column' or `pillar' (stylis) and calls attention to the species minute, clawless limbs.|