Gardiner's burrowing skink

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Gardiner's burrowing skink
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia (paraphyletic)
(unranked): Sauria
Order: Squamata (paraphyletic)
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: see text
Genus: Pamelaescincus
Greer, 1970[1]
Species: P. gardineri
Binomial name
Pamelaescincus gardineri
(Boulenger, 1909)
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Synonyms

Gardiner's burrowing skink (Pamelaescincus gardineri ) is the only species (monotypic) of the skink genus Pamelaescincus.

Etymology[edit]

The generic name, Pamelaescincus, is in honor of Pamela, the older of Allen E. Greer's two sisters.[6]

The specific name, gardineri, is in honor of British zoologist John Stanley Gardiner.[6]

Taxonomy[edit]

P. gardineri is usually placed in the subfamily Scincinae, which seems to be paraphyletic. Probably quite close to Janetaescincus, it belongs to a major clade that does not seem to include the type genus Scincus. Thus, it will probably be eventually assigned to a new, yet-to-be-named subfamily.[5]

Geographic range[edit]

Pamelaescincus gardineri is found only in the Seychelles.

Habitat[edit]

The natural habitats of P. gardineri are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, where it buries in the leaf litter and soil.

Conservation status[edit]

Populations of P. gardeneri are locally affected by introduced predators and habitat destruction, but unlike its relatives, it is not considered an endangered species by the IUCN.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Greer AE (1970). The systematics and evolution of the Subsaharan Africa, Seychelles, and Mauritius Scincine Scincid lizards. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 140 (1): 1-24. (Pamelaescincus, new genus, pp. 17-18).
  2. ^ Boulenger GA (1909). A list of the freshwater fishes, batrachians and reptiles obtained by Mr. J. Stanley Gardiner's expedition to the Indian Ocean. Trans. Linn. Soc. 12: 291-300. (Scelotes gardineri, new species, pp. 298-300 + Plate 40, figure 5).
  3. ^ Vesey-Fitzgerald D (1947). Reptiles and amphibians from the Seychelles Archipelago. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Eleventh Series 14: 577-584.
  4. ^ Evans PGH, Evans JB (1980). The ecology of lizards on Praslin Islands, Seychelles. Journal of Zoology (London) 191 (2): 171-192.
  5. ^ a b 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)
  6. ^ a b Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Genus Pamelaescincus, p. 200; species P. gardineri, p. 97).
  7. ^ Gerlach J, Ineich I (1996). Pamelaescincus gardineri. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 10 Jul 2007. Database entry includes justification why this species is of least concern.

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