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Marmorosphax taom SADLIER, SMITH, BAUER & WHITAKER, 2009

IUCN Red List - Marmorosphax taom - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymMarmorosphax taom SADLIER, SMITH, BAUER & WHITAKER 2009 
DistributionNew Caledonia (Mt. Taom), 1,100 m elevation.

Type locality: Massif Ouazangou-Taom, Mt. Taom summit, 20°47’05”S, 164°34’42”E.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN 2005.0318 (formerly AMS R161183) 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyETYMOLOGY. — The epithet is a noun in apposition in reference to the type locality, Mt. Taom. 
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Sadlier R. A., Smith, S.A.; Bauer A. M. & Whitaker A. H. 2009. Three new species of skink in the genus Marmorosphax Sadlier (Squamata: Scincidae) from New Caledonia. in Grandcolas, P. (ed.), Zoologia Neocaledonica 7. Biodiversity studies in New Caledonia. Mémoires du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle 198: 373-390
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