Scincidae gen. & sp. ‘Aldabra’

Aldabra Skink (Scincidae gen. & sp.)

This taxon was originally named as a form of the genus Mabuya, a genus that is actually restricted to the Caribbean; for biogeographical reasons it may in fact rather have been a member of the genus Tachylepis.

The Aldabran taxon might have been a very close relative of the Seychelles Skink (Tachylepis seychellensis (Duméril & Bibron)) (see photo below), the most widespread skink species on the Seychelles today.

This species must have reached a length of about 20 cm (including the tail).

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The species very likely died out around the Pleistocene/Holocene broder.

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Seychelles Skink (Trachylepis seychellensis)

Photo: Geir Drange
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References:

[1] E. N. Arnold: Fossil reptiles from Aldabra atoll, Indian Ocean. bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Zoology 29(2): 83-116. 1976

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edited: 02.03.2024