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Caesoris novaecaledoniae (PARKER, 1926)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma (Leiolopisma) novae-caledoniae PARKER 1926
Leiolopisma novaecaledonicum — ZUG 1985
Leiolopisma novaecaledoniae — SADLIER 1987: 21
Leiolopisma novaecaledoniae — BAUER & VINDUM 1990
Lioscincus novaecaledoniae — BAUER & SADLIER 1993
Leiolopisma vovaecaledoniae — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995 (in error)
Lioscincus novaecaledoniae — BAUER 1999
Caesoris novaecaledoniae — SADLIER et al. 2015 
DistributionNew Caledonia

Type locality: Upper Houailou River, New Caledonia.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.16.15 (formerly 1926.9.17.1), adult female, collected by P.D. Montague, presented MCZ 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus). Maximum SVL 68 mm with a moderately elongate body, well developed limbs and digits, and relatively long tail (maximum tail length c. 200% of SVL). 
CommentUncommon and restricted to a few localities.

Type species: Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) novae-caledoniae PARKER 1926 is the type species of the genus Caesoris SADLIER et al. 2015. 
EtymologyDerived from the Latin for blue (caesius) and mouth (oris), in reference to the unique blue mouth colour of the type species. Gender of name based on “oris”, neuter (see Brown, 1956). 
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  • Bauer, A. M. & SADLIER, R. A. (eds.) 2000. The herpetofauna of New Caledonia. Contributions to Herpetology, 17; Society for Study Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York.
  • Bauer, A.M. 1999. The terrestrial reptiles of New Caledonia: The origin and evolution of a highly endemic herpetofauna. In: Ota,H. (ed) Tropical Island herpetofauna..., Elsevier, pp. 3-25 - 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
  • Parker, H. W. 1926. A new lizard from New Caledonia. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (9) 18: 493-495 - 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
  • Sadlier, Ross A., AARon M. BAueR, Glenn M. sheA, and sARAh A. sMith. 2015. Taxonomic resolution to the problem of polyphyly in the New Caledonian scincid lizard genus Lioscincus (Squamata: Scincidae). Records of the Australian Museum 67(7): 207–224 - get paper here
  • Zug,G. R. 1985. A new skink (Reptilia: Sauria: Leiolopisma) from Fiji. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 98 (1): 221-231 - get paper here
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