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Taxonomy of the family Scincidae
Bibliography of the genus Emoia
Biodiversity of the family Scincidae








Genus
Emoia

Emo Skinks, Pacific Slender Skinks, Coastal Slender Skinks, Whiptail Skinks

Pazifische Schlankskinke*, Küstenschlankskinke

Pacifiske Myndeskinker*

1843 Eusoma Fitzinger [not Eusoma Germar 1817] (type species: Eumeces lessonii Dumeril & Bibron 1839; syn. Greer 1974)
1845 Emoia Gray (type species: Scincus atrocostatus Lesson 1830)
Contents: 77 species, of which 54 (70.1%) are endemic. In addition to this, 1 endemic species (nativitatis) is considered extinct.
Distribution: SE. Asia, Malay Archipelago, Australia, Pacific Ocean.
Reported from: American Samoa, Australia (Queensland [incl. Torres Strait Islands]), Brunei, Christmas Island, Clipperton, Cook Islands (incl. Rarotonga), Fiji (incl. Rotuma, Vanua Levu, Viti Levu), French Polynesia, Guam, Howland & Baker, Indonesia (Ambon, Anambas Islands, Aru Islands, Babar Islands, Babi, Bacan, Bali, Banda Islands, Banggai Islands, Batanta, Biak, Buru, Buton, Flores, Groot-Bastaard, Halmahera, Haruku, Java, Kabaena, Kai Islands, Kalimantan, Kangean Islands, Karimunjawa Islands, Kelang, Komodo, Lingga Islands, Lombok, Siberut, Mios Num, Misool, Morotai, Natuna Islands, Obi, Padar, Panaitan, Rinca, Salawati, Saparua, Seram, Simeulue, Sula Islands [incl. Sanana], Sulawesi, Sumba, Sumbawa, Talaud Islands, Tanimbar Islands, Ternate, Togian Islands, Waigeo, Western New Guinea, Yapen), Japan (Ryukyu Islands [incl. Sakishima Islands (incl. Miyako Islands)]), Kiribati, Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak, West Malaysia [incl. Langkawi Archipelago, Penang Island, Seribuat Archipelago (incl. Aur, Tioman)]), Marshall Islands, Micronesia (incl. Pohnpei [incl. Ant Atoll]), Midway Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia (incl. Loyalty Islands), Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [Admiralty Islands (Manus), Duke of York, New Britain, New Ireland, Mussau, Umboi), d'Entrecasteaux Islands [Fergusson, Goodenough, Normanby], Eastern New Guinea, Louisiade Archipelago [Misima, Rossel, Sudest], Woodlark, North Solomon Islands [Bougainville, Buka], Trobriand Islands), Philippines (Babuyan Islands [incl. Babuyan Claro, Calayan, Dalupiri, Fuga, Mabag], Balabac, Bancoran, Bantayan, Bohol, Bongas, Bubuyan, Calamian Islands [incl. Busuanga, Calauit], Caluya, Camotes Islands (Ponson, Poro], Cancuman, Cebu, Colotkot, Comiran, Dinagat, Dumaran, Gigantes Islands, Guimaras, Inampulugan, Lapinig Islands [Lapinig Chico], Leyte, Luzon, Melampa, Miangas, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros, Palawan, Palmas, Pan de Azucar, Panay, Polillo, Samar, Semirara, Sulu Islands [incl. Basilan, Bolipongpong, Bongao, Bubuan, Gounan Islands (Little Gounan), Jolo, Sibutu, Sipayu, Sitanki, Teipono, Tulian], Tablas), Singapore, Solomon Islands (incl. Bellona, Taumako, Guadalcanal, Rennell, Santa Cruz Islands), Taiwan (incl. Lanyu Island), Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, USA (Hawaii), Vanuatu (incl. Aneityum, Espiritu Santo), Vietnam, Wake, Wallis & Futuna, Western Samoa.

Emoia adspersa

Micronesian Striped Skink, Striped Small-scaled Skink

Mikronesischer Streifen-Schlankskink*

Micronesisk Stribet Myndeskink*

1870 Eumeces adspersus Steindachner
Lygosoma adspersum Boulenger 1887
Emoia adspersa Burt & Burt 1932
1874 Euprepes parvisquameus Peters (Brown 1991)
1886 Eumeces microlepis Fischer [not Eumeces microlepis Duméril & Bibron 1839] (Brown 1991)

Distribution: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Wallis & Futuna, Western Samoa.


Emoia aenea

Venus Forest Skink

Venus-Schlankskink*

Venus-myndeskink*

1985 Emoia aenea Brown & Parker

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia aneityumensis

Aneityum Tree Skink, Anatom Tree Skink

Aneityum-Schlankskink*

Aneityum-træskink*

1974 Emoia aneityumensis Medway

Distribution: Vanuatu (Aneityum).


Emoia arnoensis

Micronesian Black Skink

Mikronesischer Schwarzer Schlankskink

Mikronesisk Sort Myndeskink*

1953 Emoia arnoensis Brown & Marshall
1991 Emoia arnoensis nauru Brown

Distribution: Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru.


Emoia atrocostata

Pacific Mangrove Skink*, Mangrove Skink, Seaside Skink, Reef Skink, Grey Swamp Skink, Littoral Whiptail Skink, Littoral Skink, Beach Skink

Pazifischer Mangrovenskink, Mangrove-Schlankskink, Krabbenskink

Pacifisk Mangroveskink*

1830 Scincus atrocostatus Lesson
Mabouya atrocostatus Gray 1845
Euprepes atrocostatus Doria 1875
Lygosoma atrocostatum Boulenger 1887
Emoia atrocostata Stejneger 1899
1839 Gongylus freycineti Duméril & Bibron (Brown 1991)
1845 Mocoa cumingi Gray (Brown 1991)
1864 Euprepes bitaeniatus Peters (Brown 1991)
1870 Eumeces singaporensis Steindachner (Brown 1991)
Lygosoma singaporense Boulenger 1887
1870 Mabouya jerdoniana Stoliczka (Brown 1991)
Lygosoma jerdonianum Boulenger 1887
1871 Euprepes parietalis Peters (Brown 1991)
Lygosoma parietale Boulenger 1887
1874 Euprepes microstictus Peters (Brown 1991)
1877 Euprepes irrorata Macleay (Brown 1991)
1877 Mabouia marmorata Macleay (Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)
1886 Eumeces serratus Fischer (Brown 1991)
1929 Lygosoma sinus Smith (Brown 1991)
1948 Emoia manni Brown (Brown 1991)
1953 Emoia boettgeri orientalis Brown & Marshall (Brown 1991)
1991 Emoia atrocostata australis Brown

Remarks: Listed for China by Bain & Hurley (2011), but no other records have been found to verify the presence of atrocostata in the country. Records from Tonga (e.g., Darevsky & Orlov 1994) are regarded as erroneous (Zug, Ineich, Pregill & Hamilton 2012).
Distribution: Australia (Queensland [incl. Torres Strait Islands]), Brunei, Christmas Island, Guam, Indonesia (Ambon, Anambas Islands, Babi, Bali, Buton, Halmahera, Java, Kabaena, Kalimantan, Kangean Islands, Karimunjawa Islands, Lingga Islands, Lombok, Natuna Islands, Panaitan, Saparua, Siberut, Simeulue, Sulawesi, Sumbawa, Talaud Islands, Tanimbar Islands, Waigeo, Western New Guinea, Yapen), Japan (Ryukyu Islands [incl. Sakishima Islands (incl. Miyako Islands]), Malaysia, (Sabah, Sarawak, West Malaysia [incl. Langkawi Archipelago, Penang Island, Seribuat Archipelago, (incl. Aur, Tioman)]), Micronesia (incl. Pohnpei), Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [Admiralty Islands, New Britain, New Ireland], d'Entrecasteaux Islands [Fergusson, Normanby], Eastern New Guinea, Louisiade Archipelago [Misima, Sudest], North Solomon Islands [Bougainville]), Philippines (Babuyan Islands [incl. Babuyan Claro, Calayan, Dalupiri, Fuga, Mabag], Balabac, Bancoran, Bantayan, Bohol, Bongas, Bubuyan, Calamian Islands [Busuanga, Calauit], Caluya, Camotes Islands [Ponson, Poro], Cancuman, Cebu, Colotkot, Dinagat, Dumaran, Gigantes Islands, Guimaras, Inampulugan, Lapinig Islands [Lapinig Chico], Leyte, Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros, Palawan, Pan de Azucar, Panay, Polillo, Samar, Semirara, Sulu Islands [Basilan, Bolipongpong, Bongao, Bubuan, Gounan Islands (Little Gounan), Jolo, Sibutu, Sipayu, Sitanki, Teipono], Tablas), Singapore, Solomon Islands (incl. Bellona, Guadalcanal, Rennell, Santa Cruz Islands), Taiwan (incl. Lanyu Island), Vanuatu (incl. Espiritu Santo), Vietnam.


Emoia aurulenta

Golden Forest Skink

Goldener Schlankskink*

Gylden Skovskink*

1985 Emoia aurulenta Brown & Parker

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia battersbyi

Huon Gulf Slender Skink*

Huon-Schlankskink*

Huon-myndeskink*

1923 Lygosoma battersbyi Procter
Emoia battersbyi Smith 1937
1932 Lygosoma ahli Vogt (Shea 2016)
Emoia ahli Smith 1937

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea, Yapen), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia baudini

Doberai Peninsula Slender Skink*

Doberai-Schlankskink*

Doberai-myndeskink*

1839 Gongylus baudini Dumeril & Bibron
Emoia baudinii Gray 1845
Euprepes baudinii Peters & Doria 1878
Lygosoma baudinii Boulenger 1887

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea).


Emoia beryllion

Rossel Island Slender Skink*

Rossel-Schlankskink*

Rossel-myndeskink*

2018 Emoia beryllion Kraus 2018

Remarks: Previously regarded as a population of tetrataenia (e.g., Rooij 1915; Brown 1991).
Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Louisiade Archipelago: Rossel).





Emoia bismarckensis

Bismarck Slender Skink*

Bismarck-Schlankskink*

Bismarck-myndeskink*

1983 Emoia bismarckensis Brown

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [New Britain, New Ireland]).


Emoia boettgeri

Micronesian Spotted Skink, (Boettger’s Skink)

Mikronesischer Flecken-Schlankskink*

Micronesisk Plettet Myndeskink*

1918 Lygosoma boettgeri Sternfeld
Emoia boettgeri Mittleman 1952

Distribution: Marshall Islands, Micronesia (incl. Pohnpei [incl. Ant Atoll]).


Emoia bogerti

Baliem River Slender Skink*

Baliem-Schlankskink*

Baliem-myndeskink*

1953 Emoia submetallica bogerti Brown
Emoia bogerti Brown 1991

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea).


Emoia brongersmai

Sibil Valley Slender Skink*, (Brongersma's Forest Skink)

Sibil-Schlankskink*

Sibil-myndeskink*

1991 Emoia brongersmai Brown

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia caeruleocauda

Pacific Blue-tailed Skink, Common Blue-tailed Skink, (New Guinea Blue-tailed Skink)

Pazifischer Blauschwanzskink*

Pacifisk Blåhaleskink*

1892 Mocoa caeruleocauda De Vis
Emoia caeruleocauda Loveridge 1948
1912 Lygosoma cyanurum werneri Vogt (Brown 1991; Zug & Ineich 1997)
1929 Lygosoma werneri triviale Schüz (Brown 1991; Zug & Ineich 1997)
Emoia triviale Schmidt 1932

Other common names:
werneri: Melanesian Blue-tailed Skink
Remarks: Records from Tonga (e.g., Darevsky & Orlov 1994) are regarded as erroneous (Zug, Ineich, Pregill & Hamilton 2012).
Introduced to: Micronesia (Pohnpei: Kapingamarangi Atoll).
Distribution: Fiji, Guam, Indonesia (Ambon, Banggai Islands, Buru, Halmahera, Seram, Sula Islands, Sulawesi, Talaud Islands, Togian Islands, Waigeo, Western New Guinea, Yapen), Malaysia (Sabah), Marshall Islands, Micronesia (incl. Pohnpei [incl. Ant Atoll]), Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [Admiralty Islands (Manus), New Britain, New Ireland, Mussau], d'Entrecasteaux Islands [Fergusson], Eastern New Guinea, Louisiade Archipelago [Misima, Sudest], Woodlark, North Solomon Islands [Bougainville], Trobriand Islands), Philippines (Comiran, Melampa, Miangas, Mindanao, Palawan, Palmas, Sulu Islands [Tulian]), Solomon Islands (incl. Taumako, Santa Cruz Islands), Vanuatu (incl. Espiritu Santo).


Emoia callisticta

Sorong Slender Skink*

Sorong-Schlankskink*

Sorong-myndeskink*

1878 Euprepes callistictus Peters & Doria
Lygosoma callistictum Boulenger 1887
Emoia callisticta Smith 1937
1926 Lygosoma acrocarinatum Kopstein (Brown 1991)

Distribution: Indonesia (Waigeo, Western New Guinea).


Emoia campbelli

Fijian Montane Tree Skink, Vitilevu Mountain Skink

Fidschianischer Gebirgs-Baumskink*

Fijiansk Bjergtræskink*

1985 Emoia campbelli Brown & Gibbons

Distribution: Fiji (Viti Levu).


Emoia coggeri

Singorakai Slender Skink*

Singorakai-Schlankskink*

Singorakai-myndeskink*

1991 Emoia coggeri Brown

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia concolor

Fijian Green Tree Skink, Fijian Slender Tree Skink

Grüne Fidschi-Baumskink*

Fijiansk Grøn Træskink*

1851 Gongylus concolor Dumeril
Emoia concolor Greer 1974
1877 Euprepes resplendens Peters (Brown 1991)

Remarks: In Rotuma, this species has not been seen since the 1890s (Zug 2012).
Distribution: Fiji (incl. Rotuma).


Emoia cyanogaster

Pacific Green-bellied Tree Skink*, Green-bellied Vine Skink, Brown-backed Skink

Pazifischer Grünbäuchiger Baumskink*

Pacifisk Grønbuget Træskink*

1830 Scincus cyanogaster Lesson
Lygosoma cyanogaster Boulenger 1887
Emoia cyanogaster Barbour 1912
1839 Gongylus cartereti Duméril & Bibron (Brown 1991)

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [Duke of York, New Britain, New Ireland], North Solomon Islands [Bougainville, Buka]), Solomon Islands (incl. Guadalcanal, Rennell, Santa Cruz Islands), Vanuatu (incl. Espiritu Santo).


Emoia cyanura

White-bellied Copper-striped Skink, Brown-tailed Copper-striped Skink, Copper-tailed Skink, White-bellied Skink, Pacific Green-tailed Emoia, (Polynesian Blue-tailed Skink, Azure-tailed Skink, Azure-tailed Copper-striped Skink, Blue-tailed Slender Skink, #

Braunschwänziger Kupferstreifenskink*, (Blauschwanzschlankskink)

Brunhalet Kobberstribeskink*

1826 Scincus cyanurus Lesson
Lygosoma cyanurum Boulenger 1887
Emoia cyanura Stejneger 1899
1836 Tiliqua kienerii Cocteau (Ineich & Zug 1991)
1836 Tiliqua lessonii Cocteau (Ineich & Zug 1991)
1839 Eumeces lessonii Duméril & Bibron (Ineich & Zug 1991)
1839 Scincus celestinus Duméril & Bibron (Ineich & Zug 1991)
1899 Lygosoma arundelii Garman (Ineich & Zug 1991)
1987 Emoia pheonura Ineich (Ineich & Zug 1991)

Remarks: Previously confused with impar, which was revalidated as a distinct, sibling species by Ineich (1987). Both species are widespread in the Pacific, so older records of cyanura may refer to impar. Records from Kapingamarangi Atoll (Federates States of Micronesia) (e.g., Niering 1963) refer to impar (Buden 1998). Older records from New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) (e.g., Hediger 1934; Mys 1988) may refer to impar (Allison & Bigilale 2001). However, Ineich (2009) proposed a different view on the cyanura-impar taxonomy. The introduced population in Hawaii (Kauai) is now extirpated (Zug 2013). Now restricted to the Pacific region, from the Bismarck Archipelago and eastwards (Koch, Arida, Riyanto & Böhme 2009). Records from Indonesia (e.g., Brongersma in Dammerman 1929; Whitten & McCarthy 1993) refer to other species (e.g., caeruleocauda).
Introduced to: New Zealand, Pitcairn Islands, USA (Hawaii).
Distribution: American Samoa, Clipperton, Cook Islands (incl. Rarotonga), Fiji (incl. Rotuma), French Polynesia, Guam, Howland & Baker, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (incl. Pohnpei), Midway Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia (incl. Loyalty Islands), Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [Admiralty Islands (Manus), New Britain], North Solomon Islands [Bougainville]), Philippines (Miangas), Solomon Islands (incl. Guadalcanal, Santa Cruz Islands), Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu (incl. Espiritu Santo), Wake, Wallis & Futuna, Western Samoa.


Emoia cyclops

Cyclops Mountains Slender Skink*

Cyclops-Schlankskink*

Cyclops-myndeskink*

1991 Emoia cyclops Brown

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea).


Emoia digul

Digul River Slender Skink*

Digul-Schlankskink*

Digul-myndeskink*

1991 Emoia digul Brown

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea).


Emoia erronan

West Futuna Tree Skink*, Erronan Tree Skink

West-Futuna-Baumskink*

West Futuna-træskink*

1991 Emoia erronan Brown

Distribution: Vanuatu.


Emoia flavigularis

Yellow-throated Slender Skink

Gelbkehl-Schlankskink*

Gulstrubet Myndeskink*

1932 Emoia flavigularis Schmidt

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (North Solomon Islands [Bougainville]), Solomon Islands.


Emoia guttata

Papuan Spotted Slender Skink*

Papuanischer Gefleckter Schlankskink*

Papuansk Plettet Myndeskink*

1986 Emoia guttata Brown & Allison

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia impar

Dark-bellied Copper-striped Skink, Blue-tailed Copper-striped Skink, Dusky-bellied Skink, (Azure-tailed Skink)

Blauschwänziger Kupferstreifenskink*

Blåhalet Kobberstribeskink*

1898 Lygosoma impar Werner
Emoia impar Greer 1974
1901 Lygosoma cyanurum var. schauinslandi Werner (Ineich & Zug 1991)
1936 Mabuya deserticola Dunn (Ineich & Zug 1991)

Remarks: Previously confused with cyanura, of which it has been regarded as a synonym (e.g., Brown 1991). Revalidated by Ineich (1987) and Ineich & Zug (1991). Both species are widespread in the Pacific, but older records of cyanura should therefore be used with caution, as they may refer to either of the two species. However, Ineich (2009) proposed a different view on the cyanura-impar taxonomy. The Hawaiian population (which might have been introduced) may have become extinct, probably as the result of the presence of an invasive ant (Zug 2013).
Distribution: American Samoa, Cook Islands (incl. Rarotonga), Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (incl. Pohnpei [incl. Ant Atoll]), Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [New Britain, New Ireland], North Solomon Islands [Bougainville]), Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, USA (Hawaii), Vanuatu (incl. Espiritu Santo), Wallis & Futuna, Western Samoa.


Emoia irianensis

Irian Slender Skink*

Irian-Schlankskink*

Irian-myndeskink*

1991 Emoia irianensis Brown

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia isolata

Bellona Slender Skink

Bellona-Schlankskink*

Bellona-myndeskink*

1991 Emoia isolata Brown

Distribution: Solomon Islands (incl. Bellona).


Emoia jakati

Jakati River Slender Skink, Papua Five-striped Skink

Jakati-Schlankskink*

Jakati-myndeskink*

1926 Lygosoma jakati Kopstein
Emoia jakati Smith 1937

Remarks: It is likely that Oceanian populations were introduced from New Guinea (Zug 2013).
Distribution: Indonesia (Batanta, Biak, Mios Num, Misool, Salawati, Seram, Sulawesi, Waigeo, Western New Guinea, Yapen), Marshall Islands, Micronesia (incl. Pohnpei [incl. Ant Atoll]), Palau, Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [New Britain, New Ireland, Mussau], d'Entrecasteaux Islands [Fergusson, Goodenough], Eastern New Guinea, Louisiade Archipelago, Woodlark, North Solomon Islands [Bougainville, Buka], Trobriand Islands).


Emoia jamur

Lake Jamur Slender Skink*

Jamur-Schlankskink*

Jamur-myndeskink*

1991 Emoia jamur Brown

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea).


Emoia kitcheneri

Sumba Slender Skink*

Sumba-Schlankskink*

Sumba-myndeskink*

1998 Emoia kitcheneri How, Durrant, Smith & Saleh

Distribution: Indonesia (Flores, Sumba).


Emoia klossi

Utakwa River Slender Skink*

Utakwa-Schlankskink*

Utakwa-myndeskink*

1914 Lygosoma klossi Boulenger
Emoia klossi Smith 1937

Distribution: Indonesia (Waigeo, Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia kordoana

Supiori Slender Tree Skink*

Supiori-Schlankskink*

Supiori-træskink*

1874 Euprepes kordoanus Meyer
Emoia kordoana Mittleman 1952
1874 Euprepes beccari Doria (Brown 1991)
1897 Lygosoma iridescens Boulenger (Brown 1991)

Distribution: Indonesia (Aru Islands, Waigeo, Western New Guinea, Yapen), Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [Admiralty Islands (Manus), New Britain, Umboi], Eastern New Guinea, Louisiade Archipelago [Sudest]).


Emoia kuekenthali

East Indonesian Slender Skink*

Ostindonesischer Schlankskink*

Østindonesisk Myndeskink*

1895 Lygosoma kuekenthali Boettger
Emoia kukenthali [lapsus] Smith 1937
1931 Lygosoma kuekenthali notomoluccense Brongersma

Distribution: Indonesia (Ambon, Bacan, Halmahera, Haruku, Kelang, Morotai, Saparua, Seram, Sula Islands [Sanana]).


Emoia laobaoense

Laobao Mangrove Skink, Laobao Forest Skink

Laobao-Mangrovenskink*

Laobao-mangroveskink*

1937 Emoia laobaoense Bourret

Distribution: Vietnam.


Emoia lawesi

Niue Slender Skink*, Olive Small-scaled Skink

Niue-Schlankskink*

Niue-myndeskink*

1874 Mabouia lawesi Günther
Lygosoma lawesii Sternfeld 1918
Emoia lawesi Schwaner 1980

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of adspersa (e.g., Boulenger 1887). Validity confirmed by Schwaner & Brown (1984). Records from Tonga (e.g., Brown 1991) are regarded as doubtful (Zug, Ineich, Pregill & Hamilton 2012; Zug 2013).
Distribution: American Samoa, Niue.


Emoia longicauda

Long-tailed Slender Tree Skink, Scrub Whiptail Skink

Langschwanz-Schlankskink*

Langhalet Myndeskink*

1877 Euprepis longicaudis Macleay
Emoia cyanogaster longicauda Brown 1953
Emoia longicauda Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983
1877 Euprepis simillimus Macleay (Brown 1991)
1890 Emoa cuneiceps De Vis (Brown 1991)
Lygosoma cuneiceps De Rooij 1915
1918 Lygosoma cyanogaster aruensis Sternfeld [not Eumeces aruensis Doria 1874] (Brown 1991)
1918 Lygosoma cyanogaster keiensis Sternfeld (Brown 1991)
Emoia keiensis Mittleman 1952
Emoia cyanogaster keiensis Mittleman 1954

Distribution: Australia (Queensland [incl. Torres Strait Islands]), Indonesia (Aru Islands, Kai Islands, Tanimbar Islands, Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [Admiralty Islands (Mussau)], d'Entrecasteaux Islands [Fergusson, Normanby], Eastern New Guinea, Louisiade Archipelago [Rossel], Woodlark).


Emoia loveridgei

Toem Slender Skink*

Toem-Schlankskink*

Toem-myndeskink*

1953 Emoia loveridgei Brown

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia loyaltiensis

Loyalty Islands Slender Skink*

Loyalty-Islands-Schlankskink*

Loyalty Islands-myndeskink*

1913 Lygosoma samoense loyaltiensis Roux
Emoia loyaltiensis Brown 1991

Distribution: New Caledonia (Loyalty Islands).


Emoia maculata

Solomons Spotted Slender Skink*

Gefleckter Salomonen-Schlankskink*

Plettet Salomon-myndeskink*

1953 Emoia maculata Brown

Distribution: Solomon Islands.


Emoia maxima

Greater Papuan Slender Skink*

Großer Papuanische Schlankskink*

Stor Papuansk Myndeskink*

1953 Emoia pallidiceps maxima Brown
Emoia maxima Brown 1991

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia mivarti

Admiralty Islands Slender Skink*

Admiralty-Schlankskink*

Admiralty-myndeskink*

1887 Lygosoma mivarti Boulenger
Emoia mivarti Barbour 1912

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Admiralty Islands [Manus]).


Emoia mokolahi

Tongan Barred Tree Skink*, Tonga Robust Tree Skink

Gebänderter Tonga-Baumskink*

Båndet Tonga-træskink*

2012 Emoia mokolahi Zug, Ineich, Pregill & Hamilton

Remarks: Previously regarded as populations of trossula (Zug, Ineich, Pregill & Hamilton 2012).
Distribution: Tonga.


Emoia mokosariniveikau

Fijian Forest Skink, Vanualevu Slender Tree Skink

Fidschianischer Waldskink*

Fijiansk Skovskink*

1995 Emoia mokosariniveikau Zug & Ineich

Distribution: Fiji (Vanua Levu).


Emoia montana

Western Highlands Slender Skink*

Ostpapuanischer Gebirgs-Schlankskink*

Østpapuansk Bjergmyndeskink*

1991 Emoia montana Brown

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia nativitatis (extinct)

Christmas Island Slender Skink*, Christmas Island Whiptail Skink

Christmas-Island-Schlankskink*

Christmas Island-myndeskink*

1887 Lygosoma nativitatis Boulenger
Emoia nativitatis Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983

Remarks: Considered extinct (Cogger & Woinarski 2017). Abundant as late as in the 1970s, but declined dramatically over the following years, mainly due to the impact of introduced species. Last seen in the wild in August 2010, in spite of intensive searches. Last known individual died in captivity in 2014.
Distribution: Christmas Island.


Emoia nigra

South Pacific Black Skink, Pacific Black Skink

Pazifischer Schwarzer Schlankskink*

Pacifisk Sort Myndeskink*

1853 Eumeces niger Jacquinot & Guichenot
Euprepes niger Peters 1869
Mabouia nigra Günther 1877
Lygosoma nigrum Boulenger 1887
Emoia nigrum Barbour 1912
1857 Emoa nigrita Girard (Brown 1991)
1867 Euprepes opelli Steindachner (Brown 1991)
1930 Emoia whitneyi Burt (Brown 1991)

Remarks: Mentioned for Micronesia by Zug (2013), but apparently in error, since it was not included by Buden & Taborosi (2016).
Distribution: American Samoa, Fiji (incl. Rotuma), Kiribati, Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago, North Solomon Islands [Bougainville]), Solomon Islands (incl. Guadalcanal, Santa Cruz Islands), Tokelau, Tonga, Vanuatu (incl. Espiritu Santo), Wallis & Futuna, Western Samoa.


Emoia nigromarginata

Black-bordered Slender Skink*, Vanuatu Coppery Vine Skink

Schwarzrand-Schlankskink*

Sortrandet Myndeskink*

1913 Lygosoma nigromarginatum Roux
Emoia nigromarginata Mertens 1934
1913 Lygosoma speiseri Roux (Brown 1991)

Distribution: Vanuatu (Espiritu Santo).


Emoia obscura

Idenburg River Slender Skink*

Idenburg-Schlankskink*

Idenburg-myndeskink*

1927 Lygosoma mivarti obscura De Jong
Emoia obscura Mittleman 1952
Emoia submetallica obscura Brown 1953
Emoia obscura Brown 1991

Distribution: Indonesia (Batanta, Waigeo, Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (d'Entrecasteaux Islands [Fergusson, Normanby], Eastern New Guinea, Louisiade Archipelago [Sudest]).


Emoia oribata

Blotch-necked Slender Skink*

Fleckenhals-Schlankskink*

Plethalset Myndeskink*

1953 Emoia physicae oribata Brown
Emoia oribata Brown 1991

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia oriva

Rotuma Barred Tree Skink

Gebänderter Rotuma-Baumskink*

Båndet Rotuma-træskink*

2012 Emoia oriva Zug

Remarks: Endemic to Rotuma, although a population in Wallis & Futuna has been assigned to oriva by Zug (2013). However, this population is belived to be specifically distinct from oriva, representing an undescribed species (G.R. Zug, pers. comm., Nov 6, 2013).
Distribution: Fiji (Rotuma).


Emoia pallidiceps

Mafulu Slender Skink*

Mafulu-Schlankskink*

Mafulu-myndeskink*

1890 Emoia pallidiceps De Vis
Lygosoma pallidiceps De Rooij 1915
Emoia pallidiceps Smith 1937
Emoia baudini pallidiceps Loveridge 1948
1899 Lygosoma mehelyi Werner (Brown 1991)

Remarks: Revalidated as a separate species by Brown (1953).
Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago [Umboi], d'Entrecasteaux Islands [Fergusson, Goodenough, Normanby], Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia paniai

Paniai Slender Skink*

Paniai-Schlankskink*

Paniai-myndeskink*

1991 Emoia paniai Brown

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea).


Emoia parkeri

Fijian Copper-headed Skink

Fidschianischer Kupferkopfskink*

Fijiansk Kobberhovedskink*

1980 Emoia parkeri Brown, Pernetta & Watling

Distribution: Fiji.


Emoia physicae

Morobe Slender Skink*

Morobe-Schlankskink*

Morobe-myndeskink*

1839 Gongylus physicae Dumeril & Bibron
Euprepis physicae Gray 1845
Emoia physicae Mittleman 1952
1991 Emoia physicae purari Brown

Distribution: Indonesia (Waigeo), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia physicina

Lesser Keel-scaled Slender Skink*, Small Keel-scaled Skink

Kleiner Kielschuppiger Schlankskink*

Lille Kølskællet Myndeskink*

1985 Emoia physicina Brown & Parker

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia ponapea

Pohnpei Slender Skink*, Pohnpei Island Skink

Pohnpei-Schlankskink*

Pohnpei-myndeskink*

1982 Emoia ponapea Kiester

Distribution: Micronesia (Pohnpei).


Emoia popei

Marienberg Slender Skink*

Marienberg-Schlankskink*

Marienberg-myndeskink*

1953 Emoia submetallica popei Brown
Emoia popei Brown 1991

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia pseudocyanura

Solomons Blue-tailed Slender Skink

Blauschwänziger Salomonen-Schlankskink*

Blåhalet Salomon-myndeskink*

1991 Emoia pseudocyanura Brown

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (North Solomon Islands [Bougainville]), Solomon Islands (incl. Guadalcanal).


Emoia pseudopallidiceps

Fly River Slender Tree Skink*

Fly-River-Schlankskink*

Fly River-træskink*

1991 Emoia pseudopallidiceps Brown

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia reimschisseli

Morotai Slender Skink*

Morotai-Schlankskink*

Morotai-myndeskink*

1950 Emoia caeruleocaudata reimschisseli Tanner
Emoia reimschisseli Greer 1974

Distribution: Indonesia (Aru Islands, Halmahera, Kai Islands, Morotai, Tanimbar Islands).


Emoia rennellensis

Rennell Blue-tailed Slender Skink

Rennell-Schlankskink*

Rennell-myndeskink*

1991 Emoia rennellensis Brown

Distribution: Solomon Islands (Rennell).


Emoia ruficauda

Red-tailed Slender Skink*, Red-tailed Swamp Skink

Rotschwänziger Schlankskink*

Rødhalet Myndeskink*

1915 Emoia ruficauda Taylor

Distribution: Indonesia (Banggai Islands), Philippines (Mindanao).


Emoia rufilabialis

Red-lipped Slender Skink*, Red-lipped Striped Skink

Rotlippen-Schlankskink*

Rødlæbet Myndeskink*

1984 Emoia rufilabialis McCoy & Webber

Distribution: Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz Islands).


Emoia samoensis

Samoan Slender Skink*, Pacific Robust Tree Skink

Samoa-Schlankskink*

Samoa-myndeskink*

1851 Gongylus samoensis Dumeril
Emoia samoensis Girard 1858
Lygosoma samoense Boulenger 1887

Remarks: Recent evidence suggests that samoensis also occurs in northern Fiji (Zug 2013). A Wallis & Futuna population belonging to the samoensis group is here provisionally assigned to samoensis, following Zug (2012). This population has previously been reported as trossula (e.g., Gill 1995), or as oriva (Zug 2013), however, it is belived to be specifically distinct from both samoensis and oriva, representing an undescribed species (G. R. Zug, pers. comm., Nov 6, 2013).
Distribution: American Samoa, Wallis & Futuna, Western Samoa.


Emoia sanfordi

Vanuatu Green Slender Skink, Toupeed Tree Skink, (Green Skink, Sanford's Tree Skink)

Vanuatu-Schlankskink*

Vanuatu-myndeskink*

1930 Emoia sanfordi Schmidt & Burt

Remarks: Doubtfully recorded from Solomon Islands.
Distribution: Vanuatu (incl. Espiritu Santo).


Emoia schmidti

New Georgia Slender Skink*

New-Georgia-Schlankskink*

New Georgia-myndeskink*

1954 Emoia schmidti Brown

Distribution: Solomon Islands.


Emoia similis

Komodo Slender Skink*

Komodo-Schlankskink*

Komodo-myndeskink*

1927 Emoia similis Dunn
1927 Leiolopisma sembalunicum Mertens (Reptile Database, viewed 2 February 2014)
1964 Leiolopisma kadarsani Darevsky (Brown 1991)
1964 Leiolopisma kadarsani padariensis Darevsky (Brown 1991)
1964 Leiolopisma sembalunica rintjana Darevsky (Brown 1991)

Distribution: Indonesia (Flores, Komodo, Lombok, Padar, Rinca).


Emoia slevini

Mariana Islands Slender Skink*, Mariana Skink

Marianen-Schlankskink*

Marianer-myndeskink*

1972 Emoia slevini Brown & Falanruw

Remarks: Now extinct on Guam (Zug 2013).
Distribution: Guam, Northern Mariana Islands.


Emoia sorex

Halmahera Slender Skink*

Halmahera-Schlankskink*

Halmahera-myndeskink*

1895 Lygosoma sorex Boettger
Emoia sorex Barbour 1912
1864 Euprepes samoensis moluccensis Peters (Bauer 1994)

Remarks: Presence in Sulawesi needs confirmation (Koch 2012).
Distribution: Indonesia (Batanta, Halmahera, Morotai, Obi, Ternate).


Emoia submetallica

Hall Sound Slender Skink*

Hall-Sound-Schlankskink*

Hall Sound-myndeskink*

1877 Euprepis submetallicus Macleay
Emoia submetallica Greer 1974
1887 Euprepes metallicus Boulenger [lapsus for E. submetallicus?] (Brown 1991)

Distribution: Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia taumakoensis

Taumako Slender Skink

Taumako-Schlankskink*

Taumako-myndeskink*

1984 Emoia taumakoensis McCoy & Webber

Distribution: Solomon Islands (Taumako).


Emoia tetrataenia

Four-striped Slender Skink*

Vierstreifen-Schlankskink*

Firstribet Myndeskink*

1895 Lygosoma tetrataenia Boulenger
Emoia tetrataenia Smith 1937

Remarks: Now restricted to d'Entrecasteaux Islands. Records from Rossel Island in the Louisiade Islands refer to beryllion.
Distribution: Papua New Guinea (d'Entrecasteaux Islands [Fergusson, Normanby]).


Emoia tongana

Tongan Slender Skink*, Polynesian Slender Tree Skink

Tonga-Schlankskink*

Tonga-myndeskink*

1899 Lygosoma cyanogaster var. tongana Werner
Emoia tongana Austin & Zug 1999
1930 Emoia murphyi Burt (Austin & Zug 1999)

Other common names:
murphyi: Murphy's Skink
Remarks: Status uncertain. Very closely related to concolor (Austin & Zug 1999).
Distribution: Tonga, Wallis & Futuna, Western Samoa.


Emoia tropidolepis

Southern Keel-scaled Slender Skink

Südlicher Kielschuppen-Schlankskink*

Sydlig Kølskællet Myndeskink*

1914 Lygosoma tropidolepis Boulenger
Emoia tropidolepis Brongersma 1931
Emoia physicae tropidolepis Brown 1953

Remarks: Revalidated as a separate species by Brown (1991).
Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Emoia trossula

Fijian Barred Tree Skink, Pacific Barred Tree Skink, Dandy Skink

Gebänderter Fidschi-Baumskink*

Båndet Fiji-træskink*

1985 Emoia trossula Brown & Gibbons

Remarks: Now restricted to Fiji (Zug 2013). Records from Tonga (e.g., Gill & Rinke 1990; Brown 1991) refer to mokolahi (Zug, Ineich, Pregill & Hamilton 2012). Records from Cook Islands (e.g., Crombie & Steadman 1986; Brown 1991) refer to tuitarere (Zug, Hamilton & Austin 2011). Records from Wallis & Futuna (e.g., Gill 1995) are tentatively assigned to samoensis (see further remarks under samoensis). There are older records from Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, but the populations in these islands may have become extinct (Zug 1991).
Distribution: Fiji.


Emoia tuitarere

Rarotonga Slender Skink*, Rarotonga Tree Skink

Rarotonga-Schlankskink*

Rarotonga-myndeskink*

2011 Emoia tuitarere Zug, Hamilton & Austin

Distribution: Cook Islands (incl. Rarotonga).


Emoia veracunda

Southern Papuan Slender Skink*

Südpapuanischer Schlankskink*

Sydpapuansk Myndeskink*

1953 Emoia baudini veracunda Brown
Emoia veracunda Brown 1991

Distribution: Indonesia (Waigeo, Western New Guinea, Yapen), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).