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Pygomeles petteri PASTEUR & PAULIAN, 1962

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Petter's Short Skink 
SynonymPygomeles petteri PASTEUR & PAULIAN 1962
Pygomeles petteri — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 320
Pygomeles petteri — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Pygomeles petteri — MIRALLES et al. 2015 
DistributionNW Madagascar

Type locality: “sur certaine pentes de la forêt de l'Ankarafantsika, dans les environs immédiats de la station forestiere d'Ampijora”  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 8955; paratypes: MNHN-RA 1989.3467, Montpellier ? 
CommentLimb morphology: Limbless; also no ear openings visible. 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Dr. Francis Petter, who worked at Laboratoire de Zoologie, Mammiferes et Oiseaux, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. He was elected an honorary member of the American Society of Mammalogists (1987). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • Gardner CJ, Raxworthy CJ, Metcalfe K, Raselimanana AP, Smith RJ, Davies ZG 2015. Comparing Methods for Prioritising Protected Areas for Investment: A Case Study Using Madagascar’s Dry Forest Reptiles. PLoS One 10 (7): e0132803, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132803 - 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)
  • 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
  • Pasteur,G. & Paulian,R. 1962. Diagnose d’un lézard apode de Madagascar: Pygomeles petteri n. sp. (Scincidae). Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris, 2th ser., 34 (1): 66 - get paper here
  • Rakotoarison, Andolalao; Jesse Erens, Fanomezana M. Ratsoavina, Miguel Vences 2015. Amphibian and reptile records from around the Betsiboka delta area in North-Western Madagascar. Herpetology Notes 8: 535-543 - 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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