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Amphiglossus astrolabi DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Diving Skink 
SynonymAmphiglossus astrolabi DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 608
Scelotes astrolabi — BOULENGER 1887
Scelotes brunneus BARBOUR 1918: 484
Scelotes astrolabi — ANGEL 1942: 125
Amphiglossus astrolabi — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 315
Amphiglossus astrolabi — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Amphiglossus astrolabi — ERENS et al. 2017 
DistributionMadagascar (Fianarantsoa, Toamasina)

Type locality: “Madagascar”, restricted to East-Central Madagascar by Brygoo 1980: 530.  
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 5256 (indicated as Lectotype in MNHN catalogue); paralectotype: MNHN-RA 2861
Holotype: MCZ 11870 [brunneus] 
CommentGongylus stumpfii has been removed from the synonymy of Amphiglossus astrolabi by BRYGOO 1980. Angel (1942) also listed a “var. boettgeri”.

Type species: Amphiglossus astrolabi is the type species of the genus Amphiglossus astrolabi DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839. Note that Erens et al. 2017 restricted Amphiglossus to only 2 species, and erected new genera (Flexiseps and Brachyseps) for paraphyletic clades previously assigned to Amphiglossus. 
Etymologynamed after the corvette “Astrolabe”. 
  • Andreone F., Randrianirina J., Jenkins P.D. & Aprea G. 2000. Species diversity of Amphibia, Reptilia and Lipotyphla (Mammalia) at Ambolokopatrika, a rainforest between the Anjanaharibe-Sud and Marojejy massifs, NE Madagascar. Biodiversity and Conservation 9: 1587–1622
  • Andreone, F. & Greer, A.E. 2002. Malagasy scincid lizards: descriptions of nine new species, with notes on the morphology, reproduction and taxonomy of some previously described species (Reptilia, Squamata: Scincidae). Journal of Zoology 258, 139-181 - get paper here
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Barbour, Thomas 1918. Vertebrata from Madagascar. 2. Amphibia and Reptilia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 61 (14): 479-489. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Brygoo,E.R. 1980. Systématique des lézards scincides de la région malgache. II. Amphiglossus astrolabi DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839, Gongylus polleni GRANDIDIER 1869, Gongylus stumpffi BOETTGER 1882, et Scelotes waterloti ANGEL 1930. Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris, 4th ser., Sect. A., 2 (2): 525-539
  • Crottini, Angelica; Janina Dordel, Jörn Köhler, Frank Glaw, Andreas Schmitz, Miguel Vences 2009. A multilocus phylogeny of Malagasy scincid lizards elucidates the relationships of the fossorial genera Androngo and Cryptoscincus. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53 (1): 345-350 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol. 5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • Erens, Jesse; Aurélien Miralles, Frank Glaw, Lars Chatrou, Miguel Vences 2016. Extended molecular phylogenetics and revised systematics of Malagasy scincine lizards. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - 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)
  • Krüger, Jens 1999. Neue Erkenntnisse zur Faunistik einiger Reptilien Madagaskars. Salamandra 35 (2): 65-76 - get paper here
  • MIRALLES, AURÉLIEN, ACHILLE P. RASELIMANANA, DOMOINA RAKOTOMALALA, MIGUEL VENCES & DAVID R. VIEITES 2011. A new large and colorful skink of the genus Amphiglossus from Madagascar revealed by morphology and multilocus molecular study. Zootaxa 2918: 47–67 - 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
  • Whiting, A.S.; Jack W. Sites, Jr. & Aaron M. Bauer 2004. Molecular phylogenetics of Malagasy skinks (Squamata: Scincidae). African Journal of Herpetology 53(2): 135-146 - get paper here
  • Wiens, J.J.; Brandley, M.C.; Reeder, T.W. 2006. Why does a trait evolve multiple times within a clade? Repeated evolution of snakelike body form in squamate reptiles. Evolution 60 (1): 123-141. - get paper here
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