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Mastiff skinks
short-legged giant kinks
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Eugongylus
Fitzinger, 1843

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Eugongylus is a genus of skinks in the subfamily Lygosominae. The namesake of the Eugonglyus group of genera, it occupies a quite basal position among these.[1] Members of this genus are commonly called mastiff skinks or short-legged giant skinks.


The following species are recognized as being valid.[2]

Notabene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Eugongylus.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Eugongylus. The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Fitzinger L. 1843. Systema Reptilium, Fasciculus Primus, Amblyglossae. Vienna: Braumüller & Seidel. 106 pp. + indices. (Eugongylus, new genus, p. 23). (in Latin).