n African Journal of Herpetology - A further new species of limbless skink, genus , from eastern Madagascar : original article

Volume 58, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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We describe a new species of the genus from a rain forest in the northern Central East of Madagascar based on a single specimen. sp. nov. is unique among all known species of by exhibiting large loreals meeting each other in midline dorsally, separating the rostral from the frontonasal scale. All other known species have the rostral in broad contact with the frontonasal. In the new species, the nasal scale is in contact with the first supralabial, a character shared with and an unnamed species, but distinguishing it from other known congeners. The type locality is a forest fragment heavily threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture, but the species may well be present in some nearby protected areas and probably also occurs at Marojejy.

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