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Ateuchosaurus chinensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Ateuchosaurus
Gray, 1845

2, see text.

Ateuchosaurus is a genus of skinks (family Scincidae) containing only 2 species. It is usually placed in the subfamily Scincinae. This group seems to be paraphyletic however, and the present genus is apparently not closely related to most or all of them. Different molecular studies find Ateuchosarus to instead to be more closely related either to Acontias[1] or to lygosomine skinks,[2] and it is therefore sometimes considered to represent a distinct family or subfamily.



  1. ^ 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. ISSN 1055-7903.
  2. ^ Hedges, S. Blair (2014). "

    The high-level classification of skinks (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincomorpha)

    ". Zootaxa. 3765 (4): 317. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3765.4.2. ISSN 1175-5334.