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Tropidoscincus variabilis (BAVAY, 1869)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymTropidolopisma variabilis BAVAY 1869: 26
Lygosoma röhssii ANDERSSON 1908: 4
Lygosoma variable — WERNER 1910: 270
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) variable [sic] — SMITH 1937: 225
Leiolopisma variabile — GREER 1974: 17
Leiolopisma variabile — ZUG 1985
Leiolopisma viriable — BAUER & DEVANEY 1987 (in error)
Tropidoscincus rohssii — SADLIER 1987: 30
Tropidoscincus variabilis — SADLIER 1987: 24
Tropidoscincus roehssii — BAUER & VINDUM 1990
Tropidoscincus variabilis — BAUER & VINDUM 1990
Leiolopisma variabile — FRANK & RAMUS 1995
Tropidoscincus roehssii — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Tropidoscincus variabilis — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Tropidoscincus variabilis — SADLIER & BAUER, 2000 
DistributionNew Caledonia

roehssii: SE New Caledonia.

Type locality: “Nouvelle-Calédonie” (by implication).  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 6225 (1870.5, 2975A), 6225A, 6210 (1870.5, 2975B), 6210A, New Caledonia, collected M. Marie; 7129 (1870.97, 2969A), New Caledonia, collected M. Panchen, 25.viii.1870) (see Brygoo, 1985). The existence of syntypes renders invalid the designation of a neotype (AMS R77875, Mt Panie, New Caledonia) by Sadlier (1987: 24). 
CommentSynonymy: Lygosoma röhssii has been synonymized with T. variabilis by SADLIER & BAUER, 2000.

Abundance: Common where it is found. 
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  • Andersson, L. G. 1908. Two new lizards (Eurydactylus and Lygosoma) from New Caledonia. Arkiv för Zoologi, Utgivet Av Kongliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien, Stockholm, 4:1-5. - get paper here
  • Bauer, A. M. & SADLIER, R. A. 2000. The herpetofauna of New Caledonia. Contributions to Herpetology, 17; Society for Study Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York.
  • Bauer, A. M.; DeVaney, K. D. 1987. Comparative aspects of diet and habitat in some New Caledonian lizards. Amphibia-Reptilia 8: 365-372 - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M. & Sadlier,R.A. 1993. Systematics, biogeography and conservation of the lizards of New Caledonia. Biodiv. Lett. 1: 107-122 - get paper here
  • Bauer, Aaron M.;Vindum, Jens V. 1990. A checklist and key to the herpetofauna of New Caledonia, with remarks on biogeography. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 47 (2): 17-45 - get paper here
  • Bavay,A. 1869. Catalogue des Reptiles de las Nouvelle - Caledonie et description d'especes nouvelles. Memoires Societe Linniene de Normandie 15: 1-37
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Sadlier R A 1987. A review of the scincid lizards of New Caledonia. Rec. Austral. Mus. 39(1) 1987: 1-66 [1986] - get paper here
  • Shea, G., H. Jourdan, R. Sadlier & A. Bauer 2009. Natural history of the New Caledonian whiptailed skink Tropidoscincus variabilis (Bavay, 1869) (Squamata: Scincidae) Amphibia-Reptilia, 30(2): 207-220. - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Werner, F. 1910. Neue oder seltenere Reptilien des Musée Royal d'Histoire Naturelle de Belgique in Brüssel. [Mabuia dolloi, Mabuia polylepis]. Zool. Jb. Abt. Syst. Okol. Geogr. 28 [1909]: 263-288. - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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