Australian Museum Journal A new species of Nannoscincus Günther (Squamata: Scincidae) from high elevation forest in southern New Caledonia

Shortform:
Sadlier et al., 2006, Rec. Aust. Mus. 58(1): 29–36
Author(s):
Sadlier, Ross A.; Bauer, Aaron M.; Smith, Sarah A.
Year published:
2006
Title:
A new species of Nannoscincus Günther (Squamata: Scincidae) from high elevation forest in southern New Caledonia
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
58
Issue:
1
Start page:
29
End page:
36
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.58.2006.1458
Language:
English
Date published:
10 May 2006
Cover date:
10 May 2006
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
REPTILIA; TAXONOMY; NEW CALEDONIA
Digitized:
10 May 2006
Available online:
10 May 2006
Reference number:
1458
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (33kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (370kb PDF)

Abstract

A new species of Nannoscincus from relictual high elevation closed forest is described from southern New Caledonia. This species is most similar in appearance to Nannoscincus gracilis, but can be distinguished by its large size and a suite of distinctive scalation characters. Further, it is the only species of Nannoscincus recorded as being able to vocalise. The species is known only from closed forest patches on Pic Ningua and adjacent Mt Çidoa at around 1000 m in altitude. The overall extent of this habitat is small, fragmented, and in an area that is actively mined. As such the species is regarded as at risk, and the level of threat as Vulnerable.

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