Phoboscincus bocourti (BROCCHI, 1876)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Bocourt’s terrific Skink, Bocourt's Eyelid Skink|
|Synonym||Eumeces Bocourti BROCCHI 1876|
Phoboscincus bocourti — GREER 1974
Phoboscincus bocourti — SADLIER 1987
Eumeces bocourti — FRANK & RAMUS 1995
Phoboscincus bocourti — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
Phoboscincus bocourti — BAUER & SADLIER 2000
Phoboscincus bocourti — LIVIGNI 2013: 313
|Distribution||New Caledonia (small islet south of Grande Terre, off Isle of Pines)|
Type locality: “Nouvelle-Calédonie”.
|Types||Holotype: MNHN-RA 3029|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus): “Large (SVL up to 280 mm), terrestrial skinks with supranasals, scaly lower eyelids, fuse frontoparietals, and sharply pointed, recurved fang-like teeth in the anterior part of both the upper and lower jaws.” (GREER 1974: 15).|
|Comment||Boulenger (1883) described Eumeces Bocourtii from Mexico.|
Conservation: Has been considered extinct because no specimens have been found between 1872 and 13 (BAUER & SADLIER 13) but about 10 specimens have been found by Ineich (200) and Caut et al. 2013.
Type Species: Eumeces bocourti is the type species of the genus Phoboscincus GREER 174.
|Etymology||The ,name Phoboscincus combines the Greek noun for 'fear' (Phobos) with the Latin noun for 'skink' (scincus) to give a name that should emphasize the awe-inspiring aspect imparted to these skinks by their large size and sharply pointed teeth (Greer 1974).|
The species was named after Marie Firmin Bocourt (1819-1904), French naturalist.
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