Eumeces algeriensis

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Algerian skink
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Eumeces algeriensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Eumeces
Species: E. algeriensis
Binomial name
Eumeces algeriensis
W. Peters, 1864
  • Eumeces pavimentatus var. algeriensis
    W. Peters, 1864
  • Eumeces algeriensis
    Boulenger, 1887
  • Eumeces schneideri algeriensis
    Eiselt, 1940
  • Eumeces algeriensis
    Caputo et al., 1993
  • Novoeumeces algeriensis
    Griffith et al., 2000
  • Eumeces algeriensis
    Schmitz et al., 2004[1]

Eumeces algeriensis, commonly called the Algerian skink, Algerian orange-tailed skink, Berber's skink,[2] in French eumece d'Algérie, or in Spanish bulán, is a species of skink in the Scincidae family.[3] The species is endemic to the Maghreb region of North Africa.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

E. algeriensis is found in Algeria and Morocco (including the Spanish exclave Melilla).[3]


The natural habitats of E. algeriensis are temperate forests, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, temperate grassland, sandy shores, arable land, pastureland, plantations, and rural gardens.[3]


E. algeriensis is oviparous.[3]


  1. ^ Eumeces algeriensis. The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Berber's Skink Eumeces algeriensis", p. 23).
  3. ^ a b c d e Geniez P et al. (2009) Eumeces algeriensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. Downloaded on 15 April 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume III. ... Scincidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XL. (Eumeces algeriensis, pp. 384–385).
  • Caputo V, Odierna G, Aprea G, Capriglione T (1993). "Eumeces algeriensis - a full species of the Eumeces schneiderii group (Scincidae) - karyological and morphological evidence". Amphibia-Reptilia 14 (2): 187-193.
  • Griffith H, Ngo A, Murphy RW (2000). "A cladistic evaluation of the cosmopolitan genus Eumeces Wiegmann (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae)". Russ. J. Herpetol. 7 (1): 1-16. [1]
  • Peters W (1864). "Die Eidechsenfamilie der Scincoiden, insbesondere über die Schneider'schen, Wiegmann'schen und neue Arten des zoologischen Museums". Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1864: 44-58. (Eumeces pavimentatus var. algeriensis, new species, p. 49). (in German).
  • Schleich HH, Kästle W, Kabisch K (1996). Amphibians and Reptiles of North Africa. Koenigstein, Germany: Koeltz. 627 pp.
  • Schmitz, Andreas; Mausfeld, Patrick; Embert, Dirk (2004). "Molecular studies on the genus Eumeces Wiegmann, 1834: phylogenetic relationships and taxonomic implications". Hamadryad 28 (1-2): 73–89. [2] [3]

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