Simiscincus aurantiacus SADLIER & BAUER, 1997
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Simiscincus aurantiacus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Simiscincus aurantiacus SADLIER & BAUER 1997|
Simiscincus aurantiacus — BAUER & SADLIER 2000
Simiscincus aurantiacus — SADLIER et al. 2018
|Distribution||S New Caledonia|
Type locality: Mount Koghis (500 m elevation), New Caledonia (22° 10’ S, 166° 30’ E).
|Types||Holotype: AMS R144356, Australian Museum|
|Comment||This species is a member of the Eugongylus group of skinks, but is not readily assignable to any known genus. It has a number of derived characteristics that serve to distinguish it, the most notable of which is the highest number of premaxillary teeth of any scincid. Although its relationships cannot, at present, be established unambiguously, it appears to share affinities with another monotypic endemic New Caledonian genus, Graciliscincus.|
Type species: Simiscincus aurantiacus SADLIER & BAUER 1997 is the type species of the genus Simiscincus SADLIER & BAUER 1997.