Tachygyia microlepis (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Tachygyia microlepis?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Eumeces microlepis DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 659|
Otosaurus microlepis — GRAY [1845?]: 93
Liosoma microlepis — FITZINGER 1843: 22
Lygosoma microlepis — BOULENGER 1887: 301
Riopa (Eugongylus) microlepis — SMITH 1937: 229
Tachygyia [sic] microlepis — MITTLEMAN 1952
Tachygia [sic] microlepis — GREER 1974: 14
Eugongylus microlepis — BÖHME 1976
Tachygyia [sic] microlepis — ADLER, AUSTIN & DUDLEY 1995
|Distribution||Tonga Islands, Friendly Islands (fide SMITH 1937); Tongatabu (fide BOULENGER 1887).|
Type locality: Tongatabou
|Types||Syntypes: MNHN-RA 2919 and MNHN-RA 5493, collected by Quoy & Gaimard.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus): “Differs essentially from Riopa as follows: lower eyelid scaly, lacking a more or less transparent or translucent disc; frontoparietals united, interparietal reduced; limbs very robust and long, broadly overlapping when appressed” (MITTLEMAN (1952)|
Diagnosis (genus): “Large (snout-vent length up to 174 mm), terrestrial skinks with supranasals, scaly lower eyelids, fused frontoparietals, and peg-like teeth” (Greer 1974: 14).
|Comment||Conservation: Apparently extinct (Ineich and Zug 1996). The first and only record of this Tongan lizard is from the early nineteenth-century report of the L’Astrolabe expedition (Dumont d’Urville 1832) when they were discovered.|
Distribution: Erroneously reported from New Zealand.
Synonymy partly after BOULENGER 1887.
Type species: Eumeces microlepis is the type species of the genus Tachygyia MITTLEMAN 1952.
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).