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Cryptoblepharus novocaledonicus MERTENS, 1928

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAblepharus peronii BAVAY 1869: 31
Cryptoblepharus boutonii novo-caledonicus MERTENS 1928: 88
Ablepharus boutonii novo-caledonicus — MERTENS 1931: 122
Cryptoblepharus novocaledonicus — GREER 1974: 21
Cryptoblepharus novocaledonicus — SADLIER 1987: 53
Cryptoblepharus novocaledonicus — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995 
DistributionNew Caledonia, New Hebrides ?, Loyalty Islands incl. Ouvéa, Lifou and Maré Islands; toga, Tegua islands

Type locality: “Hienghiène [=Hienghène], Neukaledonien”.  
TypesHolotype: SMF 15520. 
CommentC. novohebridicus has been removed from the synonymy of C. novocaledonicus. Bauer & Sadlier (2000) consider the latter to be endemic to New Caledonia. Reports for Vanuatu or the New Hebrides may be based on older records when C. novocaledonicus was still considered as a subspecies of C. boutonii.

Abundance: Common where it is found.

Habitat: saxicolous, coastal. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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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. & 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.;Sadlier, Roass A. 1994. The terrestrial herpetofauna of the Ile des Pins, New Caledonia. Pacific Science 48 (4): 353-366
  • 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
  • Ineich I 2009. Bocourt’s Terrific Skink, Phoboscincus bocourti Brocchi, 1876 (Squamata, Scincidae, Lygosominae), in GraNdCoLaS P. (ed.), Zoologia Neocaledonica 7. Biodiversity studies in New Caledonia. Mémoires du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle 198: 149-174. Paris, ISBN: <br />978-2-85653-618-6.
  • Ineich, I. 2009. The terrestrial herpetofauna of Torres and Banks Groups (northern Vanuatu), with report of a new species for Vanuatu. Zootaxa 2198: 1-15 - get paper here
  • Mertens,R. 1928. Neue Inselrassen von Cryptoblepharus boutonii (Desjardin). Zool. Anz. 78: 82-89.
  • Mertens,R. 1931. Ablepharus boutonii (DESJARDIN) und seine geographische Variation. Zool. Jahrb. Syst. 61: 63-210
  • 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 R A. Bauer A M. 1997. The terrestrial herpetofauna of the Loyalty Islands. Pacific Science 51 (1): 76-90.
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