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Janetaescincus veseyfitzgeraldi (PARKER, 1947)

IUCN Red List - Janetaescincus veseyfitzgeraldi - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAmphiglossus veseyfitzgeraldi PARKER in VESEY-FITZGERALD 1947
Janetaescincus veseyfitzgeraldi — GREER 1970
Amphiglossus veseyfitzgeraldi — BRYGOO 1981: 687
Scelotes veseyfitzgeraldi — HENKEL & SCHMIDT 2000
Janetaescincus veseyfitzgeraldi — AUSTIN et al. 2009 
DistributionSeychelles (Mahé, Silhouette, Frégate, Praslin, La Digue, Curieuse, Felicite)

Type locality: Silhouette Island, Seychelles  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1947.2.18.33 (formerly 1938.8.3.56), collected by D. Vesey-Fitzgerald. 
CommentSynonymy: Cheke (1984) considers Janetaescincus veseyfitzgeraldi a synonym of J. braueri. The species is now considered as a juvenile of J. braueri. However, the 2 species are about the same size. 
EtymologyNamed after Leslie Desmond Edward Foster Vesey-Fitzgerald (1909-1974), an Irish zoologist, herpetologist, and environmentalist. 
  • 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
  • Brygoo,E.R. 1981. Systématique des lézards scincides de la région malgache. VII. Révision des genres Voeltzkowia Boettger 1893, Grandidierina Mocquard 1894, et Cryptoscincus Mocquard 1894. Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris, 4th ser., Sect. A., 3 (2): 675-688
  • Brygoo,E.R. 1981. Systématique des lézards scincides de la région malgache. IX. Nouvelles unités taxinomiques pour les Scelotes s.l. Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris, 4th ser., Sect. A., 3 (4): 1193-1204
  • Greer, Allen E. 1970. The systematics and evolution of the Subsaharan Africa, Seychelles, and Mauritius Scincine Scincid lizards. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 140 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Harris, D. James; Perera, Ana; Valente, Joana; Rocha, Sara 2015. Deep genetic differentiation within Janetaescincus spp. (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Seychelles Islands. The Herpetological Journal 25 (4): 205-213 - get paper here
  • Henkel,F.W. & Schmidt, W. 2000. Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar and the Mascarene, Seychelles, and Comoros Islands. Krieger
  • Vesey-Fitzgerald, Desmond 1947. Reptiles and amphibians from the Seychelles Archipelago. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (11) 14: 577-584 - 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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