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Flexiseps stylus ANDREONE & GREER, 2002

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymAmphiglossus stylus ANDREONE & GREER 2002
Amphiglossus stylus — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Flexiseps stylus — ERENS et al. 2017 
DistributionNE Madagascar

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.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MRSN R1732 
Diagnosis 
CommentFlexiseps stylus has been “tentatively” assigned to Flexiseps by Erens et al. 2017

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the Greek word for `column' or `pillar' (stylis) and calls attention to the species minute, clawless limbs. 
References
  • Andreone, F. & Greer, A.E. 2002. Malagasy scincid lizards: descriptions of nine new species, with notes on the morphology, reproduction and taxonomy of some previously described species (Reptilia, Squamata: Scincidae). Journal of Zoology 258, 139-181
  • 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
  • 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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