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Title: A New Genus and Species of Lizard (Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia, Southwest Pacific 
Author: Sadlier, Ross A.; Bauer, Aaron M.
Date: 1997-01
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Sadlier RA, Bauer AM. 1997. A new genus and species of lizard (Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia, Southwest Pacific. Pac Sci 51(1): 91-96.
Abstract: An unusual new lygosomine skink, Simiscincus aurantiacus Sadlier &
Bauer, n. sp., is described from a single specimen collected in southern New Caledonia.
This species is a member of the Eugongylus group of skinks, but is not
readily assignable to any known genus. It has a number of derived characteristics
that serve to distinguish it, the most notable of which is the highest number of
premaxillary teeth of any scincid. Although its relationships cannot, at present, be
established unambiguously, it appears to share affinities with another monotypic
endemic New Caledonian genus, Graciliscincus. The discovery of this species highlights
the extreme diversity and endemicity of the New Caledonian lizard fauna.
ISSN: 0030-8870

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