Emoia impar

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Emoia impar
Emoia impar.jpg
In Samoa
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Emoia
Species: E. impar
Binomial name
Emoia impar
(Werner, 1898)
Synonyms

Lygosoma impar Werner, 1898

Emoia impar, also known as the dark-bellied copper-striped skink, or the azure-tailed skink (not to be mistaken with Emoia cyanura, also known as the azure-tailed skink), is a species of skink that is widespread in the Pacific, especially Polynesia and Micronesia. While common throughout its range, it is threatened by habitat loss, invasive species, and sea level rise due to global warming.[1] It was also formerly a naturalized species in the Hawaiian Islands, most likely introduced by the Polynesians, but is now locally extinct there due to competition with other introduced lizard species such as the delicate skink.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hamilton, A.; Allison, A.; McCoy, M. (2012). "Emoia impar". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012: e.T196605A2465325. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  2. ^ Platt, John R. "Blue-Tailed Skink Declared Extinct in Hawaii". Scientific American Blog Network. Retrieved 2016-10-08.