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Hinulia nigrolabris.jpg
Sphenomorphus nigrolabris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia (paraphyletic)
Subclass: Diapsida
(unranked): Sauria
Infraclass: Lepidosauromorpha
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Scleroglossa
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Sphenomorphus
Fitzinger, 1843

Presently almost 120, but see text


The genus Sphenomorphus – vernacularly known as the common skinks – currently serves as a "wastebin taxon" for a large number of skinks. While most or all species presently placed here are probably rather close relatives, the genus as presently delimited is likely to be not monophyletic and is in need of review.[1]

The namesake of the Sphenomorphus group of Lygosominae genera, most species would probably occupy a rather basal position therein.[2]

Provisional species list[edit]

"Hinulia" elegans, described by Gray in 1838, is unidentified, but may be Eulamprus tenuis,[3] which is also known as Concinnia tenuis (Gray, 1831).


  1. ^ Greer et al. (2006)
  2. ^ Austin & Arnold (2006)
  3. ^ Shea & Michels (2008)


  • Austin, J.J. & Arnold, E.N. (2006): Using ancient and recent DNA to explore relationships of extinct and endangered Leiolopisma skinks (Reptilia: Scincidae) in the Mascarene islands. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39 (2): 503–511. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2005.12.011 (HTML abstract)
  • Greer, Allen E.; David, Patrick & Teynié, Alexandre (2006): The Southeast Asian scincid lizard Siaphos tridigitus Bourret, 1939 (Reptilia, Scincidae): a second specimen. Zoosystema 28 (3): 785-790. PDF fulltext
  • Shea, G.M. & Michels, J.P. (2008): A replacement name for Sphenomorphus keiensis (Kopstein, 1926) from the southeastern Moluccas, Indonesia (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) with a redescription of the species. Zoologische Mededelingen Leiden 82 (52): 737-747. PDF