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Tribolonotus ponceleti KINGHORN, 1937

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Poncelet's Helmet Skink 
SynonymTribolonotus ponceleti KINGHORN 1937
Tribolonotus ponceleti — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995 
DistributionSolomon Islands

Type locality: Bougainville Island.  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R11459 
CommentBehavior: one of only a few scincid lizards that can vocalize.

Distribution: There is some doubt as to whether this species actually occurs on Bougainville. Greer and Parker (1968a) point out that the species is absent in the extensive collections made on the island by Parker in the 1960s [from McCoy 2006].

Abundance: Rare. This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyNamed after Rev. Jean-Baptiste Poncelet (1884-1958), who headed the Catholic Mission at Buin, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, in the 1930s. He also collected natural history specimens for V. Danis, who worked at Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. 
  • Adler,G.H.; Austin,C.C. & Dudley,R. 1995. Dispersal and speciation of skinks among archipelagos in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Evolutionary Ecology 9: 529-541 - get paper here
  • Austin, Christopher C.; Eric N. Rittmeyer, Stephen J. Richards, George R. Zug 2010. Phylogeny, historical biogeography and body size evolution in Pacific Island Crocodile skinks Tribolonotus (Squamata; Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57 (1): 227-236 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Janssen, J. & Shepherd, C. R. 2018. Challenges in documenting trade in non CITES-listed species: A case study on crocodile skinks (Tribolonotus spp.). J. Asia-Pacific Biodivers. 11, 476–481 (2018) - get paper here
  • Kinghorn,J.R. 1937. A new species of skink from the Solomon Islands. Rec. Austral. Mus. 20 (1): 1-2 - get paper here
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - get paper here
  • McCoy, M. 2006. Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Pensoft Series Faunistica 57, 212 pp.
  • McCoy, M. 2015. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Michael McCoy, Kuranda - get paper here
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