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Pseudoacontias madagascariensis BOCAGE, 1889

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Giant Madagascar Skink 
SynonymPseudoacontias madagascariensis BARBOZA DU BOCAGE 1889
Pseudoacontias madagascariensis — ANGEL 1942: 120
Pseudacontias madagascariensis — BRYGOO 1980: 910
Pseudoacontias madagascariensis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 321
Pseudoacontias madagascariensis — SCHMITZ et al. 2005 
TypesHolotype: lost (fide BRYGOO 1980). 
CommentLimb morphology: Limbless; no ear openings visible.

Type Species: Pseudoacontias madagascariensis is the type species of the genus Pseudoacontias BOCAGE 1889.

Only known from a single specimen.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Bocage, J.V.B. de 1889. Mélanges erpétologiques. I. Sur un Scincoidien nouveau de Madagascar. J. Sci. math. phys. natur. (Lisboa) (2) 2: 125-126
  • Brygoo,E.R. 1980. Systématique des lézards scincides de la région malgache. III. les ‘Acontias’ de Madagascar. Pseudacontias BARBOZA DU BOCAGE, 1899, Paracontias, MOCQUARD 1894, Pseudacontias, HEWITT 1929, et Malacontias, GREER 1970. IV. Amphiglossus reticulatus (KAUD Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris, 4th ser., Sect. A., 2 (3): 905-918
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • 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
  • Nussbaum, R. A. & C. J. RAXWORTHY 1995. Review of the scincine genus Pseudoacontias BARBOZA DU BOCAGE (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) of Madagascar. Herpetologica 51 (1): 91-99. - get paper here
  • Sakata, S. & Hikida, T. 2003. A new fossorial scincine lizard of the genus Pseudoacontias (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from Nosy Be, Madagascar. Amphibia-Reptilia 24 (1): 57-64 - 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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