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


Indo-Pacific Ground Skinks

Indopazifische Erdskinke

Indo-pacifiske Jordskinker

1839 Leiolopisma Dumeril & Bibron (type species: Scincus telfairii Desjardin 1831)
Contents: 2 living species, both of which are endemic. In addition to this, 2 species (ceciliae, mauritiana), which were also endemic, are considered extinct.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included many other species now placed in the genera Acritoscincus, Harrisoniascincus, Niveoscincus, Oligosoma, Pseudemoia, Techmarscincus, etc.
Distribution: Fiji (Yanuya Island), Mauritius (Round Island).

Leiolopisma alazon

Lauan Ground Skink, Ono-i-Lau Ground Skink



1985 Leiolopisma alazon Zug

Distribution: Fiji (Yanuya Island).

Leiolopisma ceciliae

Reunion Ground Skink



2008 Leiolopisma ceciliae Arnold & Bour

Distribution: Reunion.

Leiolopisma mauritiana

Mauritian Ground Skink

Mauritianische Erdskink

Mauritisk Jordskink

1877 Didosaurus mauritianus Günther
Leiolopisma mauritiana Arnold 1980

Distribution: Mauritius (main island).

Leiolopisma telfairii

Round Island Ground Skink, (Telfair's Skink)

Round Island-Erdskink

Round Island-jordskink

1831 Scincus telfairii Desjardin
Leiolopisma telfairi Duméril & Bibron 1839
Lygosoma telfairii Boulenger 1887

Extinct in: Mauritius (mainland), Reunion.
Distribution: Mauritius (Round Island).