Pamelaescincus gardineri (BOULENGER, 1909)
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Scelotes gardineri BOULENGER 1909|
Amphiglossus gardineri — VESEY-FITZGERALD & PARKER 1947
Scelotes gardineri — EVANS & EVANS 1980
Pamelaescincus gardineri — GREER 1970
Pamelaescincus gardineri — BRYGOO 1981
Pamelaescincus gardineri — AUSTIN & ARNOLD 2006
- 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||Type: BMNH 19220.127.116.11 (and possibly additional specimens).|
|Comment||Type species: Scelotes gardineri BOULENGER 1909 is the type species of the genus Pamelaescincus GREER 1970.|
Diagnosis (genus): Similar to Gongylomorphus and the following genus and differing from all other scincine skinks in having the palatines and palatal rami of the pterygoids meeting medially to form a broad secondary palate (Fig. 7 in GREER 1970].), and in having 11, instead of 10 or fewer, premaxillary teeth. Among the Seychelles and Mauritius scincines, which appear to be the genus' closest relatives, Tamelaescincus is most similar in palatal characters to Gongylomorphus, but differs from this monotypic Mauritius genus in lacking both the frontoparietal scales and the clear spectacle in the lower eyelid. Pamelaescincus is similar to other Seychelles seincines in lacking frontoparietals (which all other subsaharan Africa and Madagascar seincines have) and in having scaly eyelids; but differs from these species in lacking the posterior emargination of the palatal rami of the pterygoids (Fig. 7), in having 5 instead of only 4 fingers, and in having a high midbody scale count (30 to 34 instead of 22 to 24) [from GREER 1970].
|Etymology||Etymology (genus): named after Pamela Greer, the older of the two sisters of Alan Greer.|