Tachygyia microlepis (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839)
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Sauria (lizards)|
|Synonym||Eumeces microlepis DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 659|
Otosaurus microlepis — GRAY [1845?]: 93
Liosoma microlepis — FITZINGER 1843: 22
Lygosoma microlepis — BOULENGER 1887: 301
Riopa (Eugongylus) microlepis — SMITH 1937: 229
Tachygyia [sic] microlepis - MITTLEMAN 1952
Tachygia [sic] microlepis — GREER 1974: 14
Eugongylus microlepis — BÖHME 1976
Tachygyia [sic] microlepis — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
|Distribution||Tonga Islands, Friendly Islands (fide SMITH 1937); Tongatabu (fide BOULENGER 1887).
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Syntypes: MNHN Paris|
|Comment||Conservation: Apparently extinct (Ineich and Zug 1996). The first and only record of this Tongan lizard is from the early nineteenth-century report of the L’Astrolabe expedition (Dumont d’Urville 1832) when they were discovered.|
Distribution: Erroneously reported from New Zealand.
Synonymy partly after BOULENGER 1887.
MITTLEMAN (1952) diagnosed the genus Tachygyia as follows: “Differs essentially from Riopa as follows: lower eyelid scaly, lacking a more or less transparent or translucent disc; frontoparietals united, interparietal reduced; limbs very robust and long, broadly overlapping when appressed”.
Type species: Eumeces microlepis is the type species of the genus Tachygyia MITTLEMAN 1952.