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Madascincus macrolepis (BOULENGER, 1888)

IUCN Red List - Madascincus macrolepis - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Rusty Skink 
SynonymScelotes macrolepis BOULENGER 1888: 102
Scelotes macrolepis — ANGEL 1942: 137
Scelotes macrolepis — BRYGOO 1985: 240
Amphiglossus macrolepis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 319
Amphiglossus macrolepis — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Madascincus macrolepis — GREER 
DistributionC Madagascar

Type locality: unknown fide BRYGOO 1985; probably from Ambositra.  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.8.21.23 
CommentSynonymy: Madascincus macrolepis and M. nanus are very rarely encountered animals for which no topotypic molecular samples have so far become available. Both are very similar and may be synonymous, but Miralles et al. 2016 tentatively consider them as distinct.

Illustration: no photo seems to be available (Miralles et al. 2016). 
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1888. Descriptions of new Reptiles and Batrachians from Madagascar. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 1: 101-107. - get paper here
  • Brygoo, E.R. 1985. Systématique des lézards scincides de la région malgache. XVII. Gongylus splendidus A. GRANDIDIER 1872, Scelotes macrolepis BOULENGER 1888, et Scelotes decaryi ANGEL 1930. Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris, 4th ser., Sect. A., 7 (1): 235-247
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Miralles, Aurélien; Jörn Köhler, Frank Glaw, Miguel Vences 2016. Species delimitation methods put into taxonomic practice: two new Madascincus species formerly allocated to historical species names (Squamata, Scincidae). Zoosyst. Evol. 92 (2): 257–275; DOI 10.3897/zse.92.9945 - get paper here
  • Schmitz, A.; M.C. Brandley; P. Mausfeld; M. Vences; F. Glaw; R.A. Nussbaum and T.W. Reeder 2005. Opening the black box: phylogenetics and morphological evolution of the Malagasy fossorial lizards of the subfamily “Scincinae”. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34: 118–133 (published online 2004) - get paper here
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