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Gongylomorphus bojerii (DESJARDIN, 1831)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesGongylomorphus bojerii bojerii (DESJARDIN 1831)
Gongylomorphus bojerii borbonica VINSON 1970
Gongylomorphus bojerii fontenayi VINSON 1973 
Common NamesBojer's Skink 
SynonymScincus bojerii DESJARDIN 1831: 296
Gongylus Bojerii — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 625
Scelotes bojeri — BOULENGER 1887: 409
Gongylomorphus bojeri — GREER 1970
Gongylomorphus bojerii — BRYGOO 1981
Scelotes bojerii — BULLOCK 1986
Scelotes bojerii — NORTH et al. 1994
Thyrus bojeri ? (O’SHEA, pers. comm.)
Gongylomorphus bojeri — AUSTIN & ARNOLD 2006

Gongylomorphus bojerii borbonica VINSON 1970
Gongylomorphus bojerii borbonica VINSON 1970: 229
Gongylomorphus bojerii borbonica — BRYGOO 1985: 16

Gongylomorphus bojeri fontenayi VINSON 1973
Gongylomorphus fontenayi — AUSTIN & ARNOLD 2006 
DistributionMascarenes, Mauritius (Round Island, Gunner's Quoin [Coin de Mire], Reunion ?)

borbonica: Type locality: Reunion  
TypesHolotype: lost, MNHN-RA, apparently lost (Brygoo 1985); not traced at MNHN (I. Ineich, March 2019)
Holotype: MNHN-RA 2885A; but other specimens indicated as syntypes: MNHN-RA 2881A-B, MNHN-RA 2882, MNHN-RA 2884, MNHN-RA 2886, MNHN-RA 2886A, MNHN-RA 7065, MNHN-RA 7065A [borbonica]
Holotype: private collection JMV73.R.5, Macabe Forest, Mauritius, 600m, collected G. de Fontenay, 18.iv.1973. Subsequent depository unknown [fontenayi] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Skull characters: Palatine bones and palatal rami of pterygoids meeting medially; palatal rami of pterygoids "squared-off," not emarginated posteriorly as in the following two genera; pterygoid teeth absent (Fig. 7 in GREER 1970). Postorbital bone distinct, well developed; supratemporal arch well developed; 16 teeth on maxilla and 11 teeth on premaxillae. External characters: Interparietal small, not touching supraoculars; frontoparietals present (absent in all other subsaharan Africa, Madagascar, or west Indian Ocean island scincines); ear opening a horizontal slit; 38 longitudinal scale rows at midbody; digits 5-5 [from GREER 1970]. 
CommentConservation: Probably extinct on Reunion.

Type species: Scincus bojerii DESJARDIN 1831 is the type species of the genus Gongylomorphus FITZINGER 1843. 
EtymologyNamed after Wenzel Bojer (1800-1856), a Czech naturalist. He collected in tropical Africa. He was Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Pamplemousses, Mauritius (1948- 1949). 
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  • Austin, J.J.; Arnold, E.N. & Jones, C.G. 2009. Interrelationships and history of the slit-eared skinks (Gongylomorphus, Scincidae) of the Mascarene islands, based on mitochondrial DNA and nuclear gene sequences. Zootaxa 2153: 55–68 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
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  • Bullock, David J. 1986. The Ecology and Conservation of Reptiles on Round Island and Gunner's Quoin, Mauritius. Biological Conservation 37: 135 156
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