The Scincid Lizard Genus Marmorosphax (Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia in the Southwest Pacific: Description of a New Species Restricted to High-Altitude Forest in Province Sud

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2000-01
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Sadlier, Ross A.
Bauer, Aaron M.
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University of Hawai'i Press
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A new species of lizard in the genus Marmorosphax is described from between 900 and llOO m on Mt. Ouin in the south of New Caledonia. It is the second species of skink discovered in recent times that is restricted to high-altitude habitats in that region of the island. The new species is similar to Marmorosphax tricolor (Bavay), but is more gracile in appearance and shows subtle differences in coloration and scalation. The conservation status of this species is assessed. Because of its apparently restricted distribution and habitat preference, it is of particular conservation concern and is here regarded as potentially vulnerable.
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Sadlier RA, Bauer AM. 2000. The scincid lizard genus Marmorosphax (Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific: description of a new species restricted to high-altitude forest in Province Sud. Pac Sci 54(1): 56-62.
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