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Paracontias tsararano ANDREONE & GREER, 2002

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

Type locality: collected at Tsararano Forest, Campsite 1 (Antsarahan'ny Tsararano), 14°54.4'S, 49°41.2'E, elevation 710 m.  
TypesHolotype: MRSN R 1787 
CommentThe specific name `tsararano' is a compound Malagasy word meaning `good water' and is used here as a noun in apposition (`the one from the good water').
Tsararano is also the name of the river and forest where the holotype was collected. The phonetic rendition is: sara-”ra”rno (accented syllables in quotes).

Limbless; no ear openings visible.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
  • 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
  • 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
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