Nannoscincus gracilis (BAVAY, 1869)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||New Caledonian Gracile Dwarf Skink, Slender Elf Skink|
|Synonym||Lygosoma gracilis BAVAY 1869: 24|
Mocoa micropus GÜNTHER 1872: 420
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) gracile — SMITH 1937: 224
Anotis gracilis - GREER 1974
Nannoscincus gracilis — SADLIER 1987: 58
Nannoscincus gracilis — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Nannoscincus gracilis — SADLIER et al. 2014
|Distribution||New Caledonia (Poindimié in the north to Col de Nassirah in south)|
Type locality: “Nouvelle-Calédonie” (by implication). Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Syntypes: MNHN, BMNH 19220.127.116.11-64|
|Comment||Common where it is found.|
The genus Nannoscincus has been identified as a member of the Australasian Eugongylus group of lygosomine skinks (Greer, 1979).
Diagnosis of the genus: it is distinguished from other genera in the group by a combination of morphological synapomorphies that includes: fusion of the atlantal arches and intercentrum of the first cervical vertebra into a single element; an elongate body with 29 or more presacral vertebrae; phalanges of digits of the forelimbs reduced, with a phalangeal formula of 18.104.22.168.3 or less for the manus
(Sadlier, 1990; Bauer & Sadlier, 2000).
Distribution: see map in SADLIER et al. 2014: 56.
|Etymology||Named after Latin “gracilis”, meaning small or lanky, or gracile.|
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