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Lygosoma quadrupes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Lygosoma
Hardwicke & Gray, 1828[1]
Type species
Anguis quadrupes
Linnaeus, 1766

About 40, see text

Lygosoma is a genus of lizards, commonly known as writhing skinks, which are members of the family Scincidae. Lygosoma is the type genus of the subfamily Lygosominae.

Geographic range[edit]

Species of Lygosoma are primarily found in India, but some occur in nearby regions, such as the Philippines.


The common name, writhing skinks, refers to the way these stubby-legged animals move, snake-like but slower and more awkwardly.


In the late 19th and early 20th century, Lygosoma was used as a "wastebin taxon", to which almost every newly described skink was assigned.[2]


The following species are recognized.[3][4]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Lygosoma.


  1. ^ Hardwicke T, Gray JE. 1828. A Synopsis of the Species of Saurian Reptiles, collected in India by Major-General Hardwicke. The Zoological Journal 3: 213-229. (Lygosoma, new genus, p. 228).
  2. ^ Shea & Michels 2008.
  3. ^ Dahms Tierleben.
  4. ^ The Reptile Database.
  5. ^ a b c Wagner P, Böhme W, Pauwels OSG, Schmitz A. 2009. A review of the African red–flanked skinks of the Lygosoma fernandi (BURTON, 1836) species group (Squamata: Scincidae) and the role of climate change in their speciation. Zootaxa 2050: 1-30.

Further reading[edit]

  • Shea GM, Michels JP. 2008. A replacement name for Sphenomorphus keiensis (Kopstein, 1926) from the southeastern Moluccas, Indonesia (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) with a redescription of the species. Zoologische Mededelingen Leiden 82 (52): 737-747. PDF

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