Leiolopisma telfairii (DESJARDIN, 1831)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Leiolopisma telfairii?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Scincus telfairii DESJARDIN 1831: 293|
Leiolopisma Telfairi — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 742
Lygosoma telfairii — BOULENGER 1887: 270
Lygosoma (Hinulia) compressicaudum WERNER 1897 (?)
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) telfairi — SMITH 1937: 224
Leiolopisma telfairii - GREER 1974: 16
Leiolopisma telfairii — AUSTIN & ARNOLD 2006
|Distribution||Mauritius (restricted to Round Island)
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
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|Types||Type: BMNH 19220.127.116.11-97 (and possibly additional specimens).|
Syntypes: ZSM 80/1947, 1 adult, ZSM 81/1947/1-2 [compressicaudum]
|Comment||Distribution: Has been living on Mauritius and Reunion but is extinct there now (only fossils can be found)|
Synonymy: A specimen in the ZSM labelled as Lygosoma (Hinulia) compressicaudum Werner, 1897 has another handwritten jar label by A. Greer who identifies the specimens as “probably Leiolopisma telfairii (Desjardin, 1831)”. A photo of this specimen is shown here.
Type Species: Scincus telfairii is the type species of the genus Leiolopisma DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839 (fide GREER 1974). For a diagnosis of the genus see ROBB 1975 or HARDY 1977: 230
|Etymology||Etymology (genus): Leiolopisma" is derived from the Greek "leio" meaning smooth, and "lopisma" (the peel) referring to a sloughed outer layer.|
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