Gongylomorphus

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Gongylomorphus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Gongylomorphus
Species

3, see text.

Gongylomorphus is a genus of skinks (family Scincidae). It is endemic to Mauritius and its tiny offshore islands. It was formerly included in Scelotes.

This genus is usually placed in the subfamily Scincinae which seems to be paraphyletic however. It belongs to a major clade of this group which does not seem to include the type genus Scincus however. Thus, it will probably be eventually assigned to a new, yet-to-be-named subfamily.(Austin & Arnold 2006)

Species

References[edit]

  • Austin, J.J. & Arnold, E.N. (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)