Leiolopisma mauritiana (Günther)

Mauritian Giant Skink (Leiolopisma mauritiana)

The Mauritian Giant Skink was described in 1877; it is, however, only known from subfossil remains.

The species was one of the largest skinks in the world, it might have reached a size of over 60 cm.

The Mauritian Giant Skink was never mentioned in any of the many contemporaneous traveler’s accounts about the island’s fauna and flora that have survived to this day. [1]



[1] Anthony Cheke; Julian P. Hume: Lost Land of the Dodo: The ecological history of Mauritius, Réunion, and Redrigues. Yale University Press 2008


edited: 04.05.2022