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Leiolopisma mauritiana (GÜNTHER, 1877)

IUCN Red List - Leiolopisma mauritiana - Extinct, EX

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymDidosaurus mauritianus GÜNTHER 1877
Didosaurus mauritanicus — CAMP 1923: 315
Leiolopisma mauritiana — ARNOLD 1980
Leiolopisma mauritiana — AUSTIN & ARNOLD 2006 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1965.95, purch H.H. Slater (Transit of Venus Expedition. Whereabouts of the material collected by Edward Newton unknown. Described from a maxillary fragment with three teeth, five fragments of mandibles, seven femurs, and three partial humeri. 
CommentConservation: Fossils are known from Mauritius. Apparently extinct. Apparently not listed by BOULENGER, Cat. Liz. This description was not published in AMNH or PNASP, at least not in 1877. 
  • Arnold, E.N. 1980. Recently extinct reptile populations from Mauritius and Reunion, Indian Ocean. Journal of Zoology 191: 33–47
  • Austin, J. J. & Arnold, E.N. 2006. Using ancient and recent DNA to explore relationships of extinct and endangered Leiolopisma skinks (Reptilia: Scincidae) in the Mascarene islands. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39 (2): 503-511 - get paper here
  • Camp, Charles Lewis 1923. Classification of the Lizards. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 48 (11): 289-481.
  • Günther, A. 1877. Notice of two extinct lizards, formerly inhabiting the Mascarene Islands. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 13:322-327 - get paper here
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