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Madascincus polleni (GRANDIDIER, 1869)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Madagascar Coastal Skink 
SynonymGongylus polleni GRANDIDIER 1869
Scelotes intermedius BOETTGER 1913: 300
Scelotes intermedius — ANGEL 1942: 133
Scelotes polleni — ANGEL 1942: 135
Scelotes polleni — BRYGOO 1980
Scelotes polleni — BRYGOO 1981
Amphiglossus polleni — BRYGOO 1981
Amphiglossus polleni — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 316
Amphiglossus intermedius — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 316
Madascincus intermedius — WHITING et al. 2004
Amphiglossus intermedius — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Amphiglossus polleni — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Amphiglossus intermedius — D’CRUZE et al. 2007
Madascincus intermedius — D’CRUZE et al. 2007
Madascincus cf. intermedius — BORA et al. 2009
Madascincus polleni — MIRALLES et al. 2011
Madascincus polleni — MIRALLES & VENCES 2013 

Type locality: Morondava

intermedius: Madagascar; Type locality: Majunga, NW-Madagaskar. Lectotypus: SMF 16027; NCBI taxonID 665123.  
Reproductionoviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1895.0210, but see comment in BRYGOO 1985: 87 
CommentSynonymy: According to Miralles and Vences (2013) M. polleni “should be restricted to the polleni-S clade (including M. intermedius (Boettger, 1913) – as a junior synonym), whereas the clade polleni-N represents a new undescribed species. 
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  • D'Cruze, Neil; Jeremy Sabel, Katie Green, Jeffrey Dawson, Carlie Gardner, Janine Robinson, Georgina Starkie, Miguel Vences, and Frank Glaw. 2007. The First Comprehensive Survey of Amphibians and Reptiles at Montagne des Francais, Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 2 (2): 87-99 - get paper here
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  • Miralles, A.; Köhler, J.; Glaw, F. & Vences, M. 2011. A molecular phylogeny of the “Madascincus polleni species complex”, with description of a new species of scincid lizard from the coastal dune area of northern Madagascar. Zootaxa 2876: 1–16 - 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
  • Rakotoarison, Andolalao; Jesse Erens, Fanomezana M. Ratsoavina, Miguel Vences 2015. Amphibian and reptile records from around the Betsiboka delta area in North-Western Madagascar. Herpetology Notes 8: 535-543 - get paper here
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