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Paracontias manify ANDREONE & GREER, 2002

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymParacontias manify ANDREONE & GREER 2002
Paracontias manify — SCHMITZ et al. 2005 
DistributionNE Madagascar

Type locality: collected at Antsahamanara, Manarikoba Forest, RNI de Tsaratanana, Marovato Fivondronana, Antsiranana Faritany (Diégo
Suarez Province), 14°02.55'S, 48°46.79'E, elevation about 1000 m.  
Reproductionoviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MRSN R1887 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of the endemic Malagasy genus Paracontias as conceived by Brygoo (1980b) but differing from the other species in the genus in the following combination of characters: frontal bell-shaped (vs hourglass-shaped) and supraoculars four (vs three) (Andreone et al. 2002).

Comparison with similar species: Paracontias manify is similar to three other species in the genus in having a bell-shaped frontal and the members of the anterior pair of chin scales separated: P. brocchi, P. rothschildi and P. tsararano. However, it differs from these three species in having supraoculars four instead of three. It differs further from P. brocchi and P. rothschildi in having the small nasal scale entirely surrounded by the rostral instead of between the rostral and first supralabial, and postsuboculars two instead of one. It differs further from P. brocchi in having only 22 longitudinal scale rows at mid-body instead of 26 (Brygoo, 1980b); presacral vertebrae 59 instead of 63±64 (Brygoo, 1980b), and cervical vertebrae seven instead of eight. It differs further from P. rothschildi in having the total number of nuchals 2 instead of ! 2 (4), and presacral vertebrae 59 instead of 46 (Brygoo, 1980b). It differs further from P. tsararano in having pretemporal separated from parietal instead of in contact, and third pair of chin scales divided instead of entire (Andreone et al. 2002). 
CommentLimb morphology: Limbless; no ear openings visible.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the Malagasy word `manify', which means `thin' or `slim', in reference to the general aspect of this species. It is treated as an indeclinable noun. The species name is pronounced: mah-nee-fee. 
  • 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
  • Crottini, Angelica; Janina Dordel, Jörn Köhler, Frank Glaw, Andreas Schmitz, Miguel Vences 2009. A multilocus phylogeny of Malagasy scincid lizards elucidates the relationships of the fossorial genera Androngo and Cryptoscincus. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53 (1): 345-350 - get paper here
  • Köhler, J.; Vieites, D.R.; Glaw, F.; Kaffenberger, N. & Vences, M. 2009. A further new species of limbless skink, genus Paracontias, from eastern Madagascar. African Journal of Herpetology 58 (2): 98-105 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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