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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Scincinae
Genus: Pseudoacontias
Bocage, 1889
Type species
Pseudoacontias madagascariensis
Bocage, 1889[1]

Pseudoacontias is genus of skinks endemic to Madagascar.[2] They are large, fossorial skinks, measuring at least 200 mm (7.9 in) in snout–vent length. They lack limbs or have greatly reduced limbs.[3][4]


The genus contains the following species:[2]


  1. ^ Pseudoacontias madagascariensis at the Reptile Database. Accessed 29 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Pseudoacontias at the Reptile Database
  3. ^ Sakata, S.; Hikida, T. (2003). "A new fossorial scincine lizard of the genus Pseudoacontias (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from Nosy Be, Madagascar". Amphibia-Reptilia. 24: 57–64. doi:10.1163/156853803763806948. 
  4. ^ Andreone, F.; Greer, A. E. (2002). "Malagasy scincid lizards: Descriptions of nine new species, with notes on the morphology, reproduction and taxonomy of some previously described species (Reptilia, Squamata: Scincidae)". Journal of Zoology. 258 (2): 139–1622. doi:10.1017/S0952836902001280.