Four New Species of Amphiglossus from Madagascar (Squamata: Scincidae)

  • Raxworthy C
  • Nussbaum R
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Abstract

Four new species of Madagascan skinks (Amphiglossus) are described from rainforest localities surveyed in the east, southeast, and northwest between 1988 and 1991. Most of these species were collected using pitfall traps with drift fences. Amphiglossus mandokava was collected at Manongarivo (northwest), A. minutus at Manongarivo (northwest) and Ambatovaky (east), A. anosyensis from the Anosy Mountains (southeast), and the fourth species, A. punctatus, from several localities from the eastern escarpment (southeast and east). Amphiglossus mandokava may be another semi-aquatic skink, like A. waterloti and A. astrolabi. Amphiglossus punctatus is the first member of the genus known to be viviparous.

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  • amphiglossus
  • madagascar
  • pitfall traps
  • rainforest
  • reptilia
  • scincidae
  • system-

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  • Christopher J Raxworthy

  • Ronald A Nussbaum

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