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Madascincus melanopleura (GÜNTHER, 1877)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Common Madagascar Skink 
SynonymGongylus melanopleura GÜNTHER 1877: 315
Sepsina vulsini BARBOUR 1918: 485
Scelotes vulsini — ANGEL 1942: 139
Scelotes melanopleura — ANGEL 1942: 139
Amphiglossus vulsinii — FITZSIMONS 1943
Amphiglossus melanopleura — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 318
Amphiglossus melanopleura — ANDREONE & GREER 2002
Amphiglossus (Madascincus) melanopleura — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Madascincus melanopleura — WHITING et al. 2004 

Type locality: “Anzahamaru” (close to Mahanoro in the central eastern lowlands)

vulsini: Madagascar; Type locality: “eastern forest between Tamatave and Tananarive”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.21.34 (formerly 77.2.8.?; last digit unclear)
Holotype: MCZ 11869 [vulsini] 
CommentAccording to Miralles and Vences (2013) Madascincus melanopleura should be restricted to their melanopleura-C clade (including M. vulsini as a junior synonym), and M. ankodabensis should be applied to the melanopleura-S clade.

Type species: Gongylus melanopleura GÜNTHER 1877: 315 is the type species of the genus Madascincus BRYGOO 1981. 
  • Andreone F., Randrianirina J., Jenkins P.D. & Aprea G. 2000. Species diversity of Amphibia, Reptilia and Lipotyphla (Mammalia) at Ambolokopatrika, a rainforest between the Anjanaharibe-Sud and Marojejy massifs, NE Madagascar. Biodiversity and Conservation 9: 1587–1622 - get paper here
  • Andreone, F. & Greer, A.E. 2002. Malagasy scincid lizards: descriptions of nine new species, with notes on the morphology, reproduction and taxonomy of some previously described species (Reptilia, Squamata: Scincidae). Journal of Zoology 258, 139-181 - get paper here
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Barbour, Thomas 1918. Vertebrata from Madagascar. 2. Amphibia and Reptilia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 61 (14): 479-489. - get paper here
  • Brygoo E R 1984. Systematique des lezards scincides de la region malgache. 13. Les Amphiglossus du sous-genre Madascincus. Bulletin du Museum National D'histoire Naturelle SECTION A ZOOLOGIE BIOLOGIE ET ECOLOGIE ANIMALES 6 (2): 527-536
  • D’Cruze, N.; Köhler, J.; Franzen, M & Glaw, F. 2008. A conservation assessment of the amphibians and reptiles of the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, north Madagascar. MADAGASCAR CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT 3 (1): 44-54 - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Günther, A. 1877. Descriptions of some new Species of Reptiles from Madagascar. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4) 19: 313-317. - get paper here
  • Miralles, Aurélien & Miguel Vences 2013. New Metrics for Comparison of Taxonomies Reveal Striking Discrepancies among Species Delimitation Methods in Madascincus Lizards. PLoS One 8 (7): e68242. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068242 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Whiting, A.S.; Jack W. Sites, Jr. & Aaron M. Bauer 2004. Molecular phylogenetics of Malagasy skinks (Squamata: Scincidae). African Journal of Herpetology 53(2): 135-146 - get paper here
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