Australian Museum Journal The scincid lizard genus Caledoniscincus (Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific: a review of Caledoniscincus austrocaledonicus (Bavay) and description of six new species from Province Nord

Shortform:
Sadlier et al., 1999, Rec. Aust. Mus. 51(1): 57–82
Author(s):
Sadlier, Ross A.; Bauer, Aaron M.; Colgan, Donald J.
Year published:
1999
Title:
The scincid lizard genus Caledoniscincus (Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific: a review of Caledoniscincus austrocaledonicus (Bavay) and description of six new species from Province Nord
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
51
Issue:
1
Start page:
57
End page:
82
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.51.1999.1295
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:
1295
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (9kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1192kb PDF)

Abstract

The status of the New Caledonian scincid lizard Caledoniscincus austrocaledonicus (Bavay) is reviewed and found to comprise two species. The species conspecific with the designated neotype is widespread and morphologically diverse, the other is conspecific with Euprepes haplorhinus Günther and is also widespread in distribution. These two species occur in sympatry over much of their range, particularly on the west coast. Six new species of Caledoniscincus are described from the central and northern regions of the island, bringing to eleven the total number of species in the genus. The new species are restricted to closed forest habitat and have limited distributions, hence they are all regarded as vulnerable to disturbance of this habitat type. The eight species dealt with in this paper are recognised on the basis of combined morphological and genetic (allozyme) analysis of 36 populations representing all members in the genus.