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Flexiseps valhallae (BOULENGER, 1909)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymSepsina valhallae BOULENGER 1909: 299
Amphiglossus valhallae — BRYGOO 1983: 655
Scelotes valhallae — HENKEL & SCHMIDT 2000
Flexiseps valhallae — ERENS et al. 2017 
DistributionGlorioso Island (= Glorieuses)

Type locality: “Ilse de Lix” (lectotype locality)  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.8.2.51 (formerly 1906.8.15.3), collected Earl of Crawford (designated by Brygoo 1983). Syntypes: BMNH 1946.8.2.51-52, 1907.10.15.85; 15.85. 
CommentGlorieuses is a small island near Madagascar.

Flexiseps valhallae has been “tentatively” assigned to Flexiseps by Erens et al. 2017 
EtymologyNamed after the yacht “Valhalla” on which the Comte de Drawford sailed while collecting the types. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1909. A list of the freshwater fishes, batrachians and reptiles obtained by Mr. J. Stanley Gardiner's expedition to the Indian Ocean. Trans. Linn. Soc. 12: 291-300 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • Henkel,F.W. & Schmidt, W. 2000. Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar and the Mascarene, Seychelles, and Comoros Islands. Krieger
  • Sanchez, Mickaël; Arthur Choeur, Florent Bignon, and Alexandre Laubin 2019. Reptiles of the Iles Eparses, Indian Ocean: Inventory, Distribution, and Conservation Status. Herp. Conserv. Biology 14 (2): - get paper here
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