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Cryptoblepharus poecilopleurus.jpg
Cryptoblepharus poecilopleurus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Cryptoblepharus
Wiegmann, 1834[1]

About 55, see text

Cryptoblepharus is a genus of skinks (family Scincidae) commonly called snake-eyed skinks or shining-skinks. They occupy a fairly basal position among the Eugongylus group.[2]

Cryptoblepharus metallicus,
metallic snake-eyed skink


The following 54 species are some of the species recognized.[3]

Fossil species or original research

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


  1. ^ ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System).
  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. ^ Cryptoblepharus, The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Wiegmann AFA. 1834. "Beiträge zur Zoologie, gesammelt auf einer Reise um die Erde, von Dr. F. J. F. Meyen, siebente Abhandlung. Amphibien ". Nova Acta Physico-Medica Academiae Caesareae Leopoldino-Carolinae 17: 185-268 + 10 color lithographs. (Cryptoblepharus, new genus, p. 203). (in German).