Scincella

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"Ground skink" redirects here. If referring to a particular species, it usually means Scincella lateralis.
Scincella
Scincella lateralis.jpg
Scincella lateralis, a ground skink
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Scincella
Mittleman, 1950[1]

Scincella is a genus of lizards in the skink family, Scincidae, commonly referred to as ground skinks.[1] The exact number of species in the genus is unclear, as taxonomic reclassification is ongoing, and sources vary widely. Scincella species primarily range throughout the temperate regions of the world and are typically small, fossorial lizards, which consume a wide variety of arthropods.

Species[edit]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Scincella.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Scincella". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 5 December 2006. 
  2. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • Mittleman MB. 1950. The Generic Status of Scincus lateralis Say, 1823. Herpetologica 6 (2): 17-24. (Scincella, new genus).
  • Ouboter PE. 1986. A revision of the genus Scincella (Reptilia: Sauria: Scincidae) of Asia, with some notes on its evolution. Zoologische Verhandelingen 229: 1-66.