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Carlia ailanpalai ZUG, 2004

IUCN Red List - Carlia ailanpalai - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Curious Skink 
SynonymCarlia ailanpalai ZUG 2004: 47
Carlia ailanpalai — RODDA et al. 2015 
DistributionPapua New Guinea: main group of Admirality Islands, centered on Manus Island.

Introduced to Micronesia (Weno Island) and Guam (G. Rodda, pers. comm., 13 March 2016).
Introduced to Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), fie Hileman et al. 2020.

Type locality: Papua New Guinea, Manus Province, Los Negros Island, Salami village.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 560085 
EtymologyNamed after the Papuan pidgin word “ailan” for island and “palai” for lizard. 
  • Austin, Christopher C.; Eric N. Rittmeyer; Lauren A. Oliver; John O. Andermann; George R. Zug; Gordon H. Rodda; Nathan D. Jackson 2011. The bioinvasion of Guam: inferring geographic origin, pace, pattern and process of an invasive lizard (Carlia) in the Pacific using multi-locus genomic data. Biol Invasions 13:1951–1967 - get paper here
  • Buden, Donald W. 2009. Carlia ailanpalai (Reptilia: Scincidae): An Invasive Species of Lizard in the Federated States of Micronesia. Pacific Science 63 (82): 243-251 - get paper here
  • Buden, Donald W. & Danko Taboroši 2016. Reptiles of the Federated States of Micronesia. Island Research and Education Initiative, 311 pp. - get paper here
  • Dolman, Gaynor & Andrew F. Hugall 2008. Combined mitochondrial and nuclear data enhance resolution of a rapid radiation of Australian rainbow skinks (Scincidae: Carlia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49 (3): 782-794 - get paper here
  • Goldberg, Stephen R.; Fred Kraus 2012. Reproduction in the Invasive Lizard, Carlia ailanpalai (Squamata: Scincidae) from Oceania. Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (3): 199–202 - get paper here
  • Hileman, Eric T.; Bradley A. Eichelberger, Jill Liske-Clark, Patrick D. Barnhart, Robert N. Reed, Amy A. Yackel Adams, Melia G. Nafus 2020. Landscape dominance of introduced herpetofauna on an oceanic island. Global Ecology and Conservation - get paper here
  • Kraus, Fred 2015. Impacts from Invasive Reptiles and Amphibians. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 46: 75 - 97 - get paper here
  • Rodda, Gordon H.; Amy A. Yackel Adams, Earl W. Campbell, and Thomas H. Fritts 2015. General Herpetological Collecting is Size-Biased for Five Pacific Lizards. Journal of Herpetology 49 (4): 507-512. - get paper here
  • Rodda, Gordon H.; Kathryn Dean-Bradley, Earl W. Campbell, Thomas H. Fritts, Björn Lardner, Amy A. Yackel Adams, and Robert N. Reed 2015. Stability of Detectability over 17 Years at a Single Site and other Lizard Detection Comparisons from Guam. Journal of Herpetology 49 (4): 513-521. - get paper here
  • Tadevosyan, Tigran L. and Bjorn Lardner 2016. Carlia ailanpalai (Curious Skink) Diet. Herpetological Review 47 (1): 134-135 - get paper here
  • Zug,G. R. 2004. Systematics of the Carlia “fusca” lizards (Squamata: Scincidae) of New Guinea and Nearby Islands. Bishop Mus. Bull. Zool. 5: 1-83
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