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Paracontias vermisaurus MIRALLES, KÖHLER, VIEITES, GLAW & VENCES, 2011

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymParacontias vermisaurus MIRALLES, KÖHLER, VIEITES, GLAW & VENCES 2011 
DistributionNE Madagascar

Type locality: north-eastern Madagascar, Makira Reserve, site locally named Angozongahy, 15°26′13.3′′ S, 49°07′07.0′′ E, 1,009 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: ZSM 597/2008; field number ZCMV 11211, apparently an adult specimen; collected 20–22 June 2009 by C. Patton, J. Patton, E. Rajeriarison, T. Rajoafiarison, R. D. Randrianiaina, F. Ratsoavina,, M. Vences and D. R. Vieites. Paratype (ZSM 598/2008; field number DRV 5935), adult; data as for holotype, except site locally named Ampofoko, 15°25′22.3′′ S, 49°07′15.1′′ E, 1,034 m a.s.l., 28 June 2009. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyEtymology The specific epithet is derived from the Latin vermis (worm) to the Greek sauros (lizard); it is to be treated as a noun in apposition for the purposes of nomenclature. 
  • Kwet, Axel 2012. Liste der im Jahr 2011 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (3): 46-57 - 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
  • Miralles, Aurélien; Köhler, Jörn; Vieites, David R. 2011. Hypotheses on rostral shield evolution in fossorial lizards derived from the phylogenetic position of a new species of Paracontias (Squamata, Scincidae). Organisms Diversity & Evolution 11: 135-15 - get paper here
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