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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Amphiglossus
A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1839[1]

About 25 to 38, see text.

Amphiglossus is a genus of skinks (family Scincidae).[1]

It is usually placed in the subfamily Scincinae, which seems to be paraphyletic however. Probably quite close to Paracontias and possibly Androngo trivittatus, it belongs to a major clade which does not seem to include the type genus Scincus. Thus, it will probably be eventually assigned to a new, yet-to-be-named subfamily.[2]


The following species have been recognized. Some species have been assigned to a more recently created genus, Madascincus Brygoo, 1982, and some species have been synonymized with other species in the genus Amphiglossus.[3]

Nota bene: In the above list, a binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Amphiglossus.


  1. ^ a b Dahms Tierleben.
  2. ^ Austin JJ, Arnold EN. (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)
  3. ^ The Reptile Database.
  4. ^ Miralles A et al. (2011). A new large and colorful skink of the genus Amphiglossus from Madagascar revealed by morphology and multilocus molecular study. Zootaxa 918: 47-67.

Further reading[edit]

  • Duméril AMC, Bibron G. 1839. Erpétologie générale ou Histoire naturelle complète des Reptiles. Tome cinquième [Volume 5]. Paris: Roret. viii + 854 pp. (Amphiglossus, new genus, pp. 606–607). (in French).