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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Scincinae
Genus: Pygomeles
Grandidier, 1867
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Pygomeles is a genus of skinks endemic to Madagascar.[1]


There are two species:[1]


The specific names, braconnieri and petteri, are in honor of French naturalist Séraphin Braconnier and French zoologist Francis Petter, respectively.[2]


  1. ^ a b Pygomeles at the Reptile Database
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Pygomeles braconnieri, p. 36; P. petteri, p. 205).

Further reading[edit]

  • Glaw F, Vences M. 2006. A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, Third Edition. Cologne, Germany: Vences & Glaw Verlag. 496 pp. ISBN 978-3929449037.
  • Grandidier A. 1866. "Liste des reptiles nouveaux découverts, en 1866, sur la côte sud-ouest de Madagascar ". Revue et magasin de zoologie pure et appliquée et de sériculture comparée, Series 2, 19: 232-234. (Pygomeles, new genus, p. 234; P. braconnieri, new species, p. 234). (in French and Latin).