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Graciliscincus shonae SADLIER, 1987

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Sadlier's Skink 
SynonymGraciliscincus shonae SADLIER 1987: 12
Graciliscincus shonae — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Graciliscincus shonae — BAUER & SADLIER 2000
Graciliscincus shonae — SADLIER et al. 2018 
DistributionNew Caledonia

Type locality: 4 km along the Mt Gouemba road from turnoff 3 km south of La Fause Yaté Bridge, New Caledonia.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R78143, male 

Type species: Graciliscincus shonae SADLIER 1987 is the type species of the genus Graciliscincus SADLIER 1987: 12. 
EtymologyNamed after Shona Sadlier, Ross Sadlier’s wife at the time of description. The species has been named after Latin “gracilis”, meaning small or lanky, or gracile.

The name Graciliscincus is derived from the Latin gracilis and scincus. 
  • Adler,G.H.; Austin,C.C. & Dudley,R. 1995. Dispersal and speciation of skinks among archipelagos in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Evolutionary Ecology 9: 529-541 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A. M. & SADLIER, R. A. 2000. The herpetofauna of New Caledonia. Contributions to Herpetology, 17; Society for Study Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York.
  • Bauer, A.M. & Sadlier,R.A. 1993. Systematics, biogeography and conservation of the lizards of New Caledonia. Biodiv. Lett. 1: 107-122 - 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
  • Pauwels, Olivier S. G. and Richard Wahlgren 2012. Beolens Bo, Watkins Michael, and Grayson Michael (2011), The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (4): 352 – 355 - get paper here
  • Sadlier R A 1987. A review of the scincid lizards of New Caledonia. Rec. Austral. Mus. 39(1) 1987: 1-66 [1986] - get paper here
  • Sadlier, R.A., and Bauer, A.M. 2002. The scincid lizard Graciliscincus shonae (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific: a review of the species morphology, distribution, and conservation status. Zoologica Neocaledonica 5, Mem. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 187:233-255
  • Sadlier, Ross A.; Gerry Swan, Stéphane Astrongatt, Stephane McCoy and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. A Review of the Morphology, Biology, Distribution and Conservation Status of the New Caledonian Scincid Lizard Simiscincus aurantiacus (Reptilia: Scincidae). Records of the Australian Museum 70 (5): 435–446. - get paper here
  • 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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