Australian Museum Journal The scincid lizard genus Sigaloseps (Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific: description of a new species and review of the biology, distribution, and morphology of Sigaloseps deplanchei (Bavay)

Shortform:
Sadlier and Bauer, 1999, Rec. Aust. Mus. 51(1): 83–91
Author(s):
Sadlier, Ross A.; Bauer, Aaron M.
Year published:
1999
Title:
The scincid lizard genus Sigaloseps (Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific: description of a new species and review of the biology, distribution, and morphology of Sigaloseps deplanchei (Bavay)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
51
Issue:
1
Start page:
83
End page:
91
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.51.1999.1296
Language:
English
Date published:
06 July 1999
Cover date:
06 July 1999
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
REPTILIA; NEW CALEDONIA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
06 July 1999
Available online:
06 July 1999
Reference number:
1296
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (9kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (256kb PDF)

Abstract

Sigaloseps is a genus of two species of scincid lizards endemic to the southern ultramafic region of New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific. The morphology, distribution, and habits of the moderately widespread species Sigaloseps deplanchei are reviewed. The other species in the genus represents a new taxon known only from two high altitude sites above 1,000 m asl. The conservation status of both species is assessed. Sigaloseps deplanchei is not regarded as threatened. The new species, Sigaloseps ruficauda, by virtue of its restricted distribution and habitat preference, is likely to be adversely affected by habitat modification, and is regarded as vulnerable.

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