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Pygomeles braconnieri GRANDIDIER, 1867

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBraconnier's Short Skink 
SynonymPygomeles braconnieri GRANDIDIER 1867: 234
Pygomeles braconnieri — ANGEL 1942: 118
Pygomeles braconnieri — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 320
Pygomeles braconnieri — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Pygomeles braconnieri — MIRALLES et al. 2015 
DistributionMadagascar

Type locality: “Hab. Tullear. Vita subterranea” (lectotype locality)  
Reproduction 
TypesLectotype: MNHN 
Diagnosis 
CommentNo forelimbs but styliform, much reduced hindlimbs; no ear openings visible.

Type Species: Pygomeles braconnieri is the type species of the genus Pygomeles GRANDIDIER 1867. 
EtymologyNamed after Séraphin Braconnier (1812-1844), who worked in the Natural History Museum in Paris. See Bour & Brygoo 2013 for biographical details. 
References
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Barbour, Thomas 1918. Vertebrata from Madagascar. 2. Amphibia and Reptilia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 61 (14): 479-489. - get paper here
  • Bour, Roger & Édouard-Raoul Brygoo 2013. Séraphin Braconnier (1812-1884), le premier «garçon de laboratoire» de la chaire des Reptiles et Poissons du Muséum de Paris. Bull. Soc. Herp. France 148: 503-513
  • Brygoo E R 1984. Systématique des lézards scincides de la région malgache. XIV. Le genre Pygomeles A. Grandidier 1867. Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris, 4th ser., Sect. A., 6: 769-777
  • Brygoo, E.R. 1985. Les types des scincidés (Reptiles, Sauriens) du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, catalogue critique. Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. (4e sér.) 7 (sect. A 3), suppl.: 1-126
  • 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
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Grandidier, A. 1867. Liste des reptiles nouveaux découverts, en 1866, sur la côte sud-ouest de Madagascar. Revue et Magazine de Zoologie (Paris), Sér. 2, 19: 232-234
  • Miralles A, Hipsley CA, Erens J, Gehara M, Rakotoarison A, Glaw F, et al. 2015. Distinct Patterns of Desynchronized Limb Regression in Malagasy Scincine Lizards (Squamata, Scincidae). PLoS One 10 (6): e0126074. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126074 - 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
  • Whiting, A.S.; Jack W. Sites, Jr. & Aaron M. Bauer 2004. Molecular phylogenetics of Malagasy skinks (Squamata: Scincidae). African Journal of Herpetology 53(2): 135-146 - get paper here
 
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