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Ahl, E. 1935. Beschreibung einer neuen Eidechse aus Westaustralien. Zoologischer Anzeiger 112: 204-205.

Andreone, F. 2003. Complementary information on the ecology and conservation of Malagasy skinks, with notes on the colouration of some recently described species. Herpetological Bulletin 83: 7-15.

Barabanov, A.; Milto, K.D, 2017. An annotated type catalogue of the anguid, dibamid, scincid and varanid lizards in the Department of Herpetology, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia (Reptilia: Sauria: Anguidae, Dibamidae, Scincidae and Varanidae). Zootaxa 4244(1): 65 78.

Barbault, R. 1987. Clutch size and breeding patterns in tropical skinks. pp. 37-41. In: van Gelder, J.J.; Strijbosch, H. & Bergers, P.J.M. (eds.). Proceedings of the 4th Ordinary General Meeting of the Societas Europaea Herpetologica. Societas Europaea Herpetologica, Faculty of Sciences, Nijmegen. 473 pp.

Baverstock, P.R.; Donnellan, S.C. 1990. Molecular evolution in Australian dragons and skinks: a progress report. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 29(2): 323-331.

Bennett, A.F.; John-Alder, H. 1986. Thermal relations of some Australian skinks (Sauria: Scincidae). Copeia 1986(1): 57-64.

Bennett, D. 2000. Australia - lizards of the Great Victoria Desert. Part 1. Reptilia (GB) 10: 56-59.

Bissinger, B.E.; Simon, C.A. 1979. Comparison of tongue extrusions in representatives of six families of lizards. Journal of Herpetology 13(2): 133-139.

Blanford, M.J. 1993. A checklist and key to the skinks of Central Africa. Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 28(7): 140-143.

Boulenger, G.A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 3. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. British Museum (Natural History), London. 575 pp. (Reprinted in 1965 by Wheldon & Wesley, Codicote, and Cramer, Weinheim).

Bower, D.S.; Valentine, L.E.; Grice, A.C.; Hodgson, L.; Schwarzkopf, L. 2014. A trade-off in conservation: Weed management decreases the abundance of common reptile and frog species while restoring an invaded floodplain. Biological Conservation 178: 123-128.

Brandley, M.C.; Ota, H.; Hikida, T.; Nieto-Montes de Oca, A.; Feria-Ortiz, M.; Guo, X.G.; Wang, Y. 2012. The phylogenetic systematics of blue-tailed skinks (Plestiodon) and the family Scincidae. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 165(1): 163-189.

Brandley, M.C.; Schmitz, A.; Reeder, T.W. 2005. Partitioned Bayesian analyses, partition choice, and the phylogenetic relationships of scincid lizards. Systematic Biology 54(3): 373-390.

Broadley, D.G. 1997. Family Scincidae. pp. 66-75. In: Wyk, J.H. van (ed.). Proceedings of the FitzSimons Commemorative Symposium (South African lizards: 50 years of progress) and Third H.A.A. Symposium on African herpetology: held at the Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, South Africa, 11-15 October 1993. Herpetological Association of Africa, Matieland. 227 pp.

Brongersma, L.D. 1942. Notes on Scincid lizards. Zoologische Mededelingen (Leiden) 24(1-2): 125-152.

Brown, D. 2012. A Guide to Australian Skinks in Captivity. Australian Birdkeeper / Reptile Publications, Burleigh, Queensland. 360 pp.

Brown, G.W. 1991. Ecological feeding analysis of south-eastern Australian scincids (Reptilia: Lacertilia). Australian Journal of Zoology 39(1): 9-29.

Brygoo, E.R. 1985. Les types de scincides (reptiles, sauriens) du Museum national d'Histoire naturelle. Catalogue critique. Bulletin du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle Section A Zoologie Biologie et Ecologie Animales 7(3): 1-126.

Caputo, V. 1991. The secondary palate in squamates: structure and functional hypotheses. Collana U.Z.I. Selected Symposia and Monographs 5: 307-324.

Carranza, S.; Arnold, E.N.; Geniez, P.; Roca, J.; Mateo, J.A. 2008. Radiation, multiple dispersal and parallelism in the skinks, Chalcides and Sphenops (Squamata: Scincidae), with comments on Scincus and Scincopus and the age of the Sahara Desert. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46(3): 1071-1094.

Daniels, S.R.; Heideman, N.; Hendricks, M.; Willson, B. 2002. A molecular phylogeny for the South African limbless lizard taxa of the subfamily Acontinae (Sauria: Scincidae) with special emphasis on relationships within Acontias. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 24(2): 315-323.

Daniels, S.R.; Heideman, N.J.L.; Hendricks, M.G.J.; Crandall, K.A. 2006. Taxonomic subdivisions within the fossorial skink subfamily Acontinae (Squamata: Scincidae) reconsidered: a multilocus perspective. Zoologica Scripta 35(4): 353-362.

Deuti, K.; Raha, S.; Bag, P.; Debnath, S.; Varadaraju; Chandra, K. 2016. Skinks of eastern and north-eastern India. Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata. 96 pp.

Ditmars, R.L. 1904. Observations on lacertilians. Rep. Zool. Soc. New York 8 [1903]: 146-160.

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Dowling, H.G. 1964. What is a skink? A cosmopolitan reptile. Animal Kingdom 67: 142-143.

Faithfull, I. 1991. Skink as prey of hooded robin. Victorian Naturalist 108(6): 138.

Falkingham, C. 1983. Grey butcherbird and magpies. Bird Observer 618: 53-54.

Fisk, R.M. 1976. The role of the trunk in the locomotion of some scincid lizards. (Abstract). Herpetological Review 7(2): 81-82.

Fisk, R.M. 1980. Comparative functional morphology of trunk and tail in a series of sandswimming lizards of the family Scincidae. Dissertation Abstracts International B Sciences and Engineering 41(1): 25.

Garc a-V zquez, U.O.; Feria-Ortiz, M. 2006. Skinks of Mexico. Reptilia (GB) 49: 74-79.

Garland, T.; Huey, R.B.; Bennett, A.F. 1991. Phylogeny and coadaptation of thermal physiology in lizards: a reanalysis. Evolution 45(8): 1969-1975.

Gaulke, M. 2010. Inkubation umgelagerter Echsengelege ' berraschungs-Eier' und ihre 'bewegte' Geschichte (II). DATZ (Die Aquarien- und Terrarien-Zeitschrift) 63(5): 60-63.

Ghiara, G.; Angelini, F.; Zerani, M.; Gobbetti, A.; Cafiero, G.; Caputo, V. 1988. Evolution of viviparity in Scincidae (Reptilia, Lacertilia). Acta Embryologiae et Morphologiae Experimentalis 8(2-3): 187-201.

Giovannotti, M.; Caputo, V.; O'Brien, P.C.M.; Lovell, F.L.; Trifonov, V.; Cerioni, P.N.; Olmo, E.; Ferguson-Smith, M.A.; Rens, W. 2009. Skinks (Reptilia: Scincidae) have highly conserved karyotypes as revealed by chromosome painting. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 127(2-4): 224-231.

Goodman, B.A. 2009. Nowhere to run: the role of habitat openness and refuge use in defining patterns of morphological and performance evolution in tropical lizards. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(7): 1535-1544.

Goodman, B.A.; Hudson, S.C.; Isaac, J.L.; Schwarzkopf, L. 2009. The evolution of body shape in response to habitat: is reproductive output reduced in flat lizards? Evolution 63(5): 1279-1291.

Goodman, B.A.; Isaac, J.L. 2008. Convergent body flattening in a clade of tropical rock-using lizards (Scincidae: Lygosominae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 94(2): 399-411.

Goodman, B.A.; Krockenberger, A.K.; Schwarzkopf, L. 2007. Master of them all: performance specialization does not result in trade-offs in tropical lizards. Evolutionary Ecology Research 9(3): 527-546.

Gordon, D.H.; Haacke, W.D.; Jacobsen, N.H.G. 1989. Chromosomal studies of relationships in Gekkonidae, Chamaeleonidae and Scincidae in South Africa. Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 36(1): 77.

Greer, A.E. 1967. A new generic arrangement for some Australian scincid lizards. Breviora 267: 1-19.

Greer, A.E. 1968. The predominance of oviparity as a mode of reproduction in scincid lizards. Copeia 1968: 171.

Greer, A.E. 1970. A subfamilial classification of scincid lizards. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 139: 151-184.

Greer, A.E. 1970. The systematics and evolution of the Subsaharan Africa, Seychelles, and Mauritius scincine scincid lizards. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 140: 1-23.

Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology (Supplementary Series) 31: 1-67.

Greer, A.E. 1976. A most successful invasion. The diversity of Australia's skinks. Australian Natural History 18(12): 428-433.

Greer, A.E. 1977. On the adaptive significance of the loss of an oviduct in reptiles. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 101(4): 242-249.

Greer, A.E. 1979. A phylogenetic subdivision of Australian skinks. Records of the Australian Museum 32(8): 339-371.

Greer, A.E. 1980. Critical thermal maximum temperatures in Australian scincid lizards: their ecological and evolutionary significance. Australian Journal of Zoology 28(1): 91-102.

Greer, A.E. 1983. On the adaptive significance of the reptilian spectacle: the evidence from scincid, teiid, and lacertid lizards. pp. 213-221. In: Rhodin, A.G.J. & Miyata, K. (eds.). Advances in herpetology and evolutionary biology. Essays in honor of Ernest E. Williams. Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 725 pp.

Greer, A.E. 1986. Lygosomine (Scincidae) monophyly: a third: corroborating character and a reply to critics. Journal of Herpetology 20(1): 123-126.

Greer, A.E. 1990. Overlap pattern in the preanal scale row: an important systematic character in skinks. Journal of Herpetology 24(3): 328-330.

Greer, A.E. 2001. Distribution of maximum snout-vent length among species of scincid lizards. Journal of Herpetology 35(3): 383-395.

Greer, A.E. 2002. The loss of the external ear opening in scincid lizards. Journal of Herpetology 36(4): 544-555.

Greer, A.E.; Chong, J. 2007. Number of maxillary teeth in scincid lizards: Lineage characteristics and ecological implications. Journal of Herpetology 41(1): 94-101.

Greer, A.E.; Parker, F. 1968. Geomyersia glabra, a new genus and species of scincid lizard from Bougainville, Solomon Islands, with comments on the relationships of some lygosomine genera. Breviora 302: 1-17.

Greer, A.E.; Shea, G. 2003. Secondary temporal scale overlap pattern: a character of possible broad systematics importance in sphenomorphine skinks. Journal of Herpetology 37(3): 545-549.

Greer, A.E.; Shea, G. 2004. A new character within the taxonomically difficult Sphenomorphus group of lygosomine skinks, with a description of a new species from New Guinea. Journal of Herpetology 38(1): 79-87.

Greer, A.E.; Shea, G.M. 2000. A major new head scale character in non-lygosomine scincid lizards. Journal of Herpetology 34(4): 629-634.

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Hardy, G.S.; Hicks, G.R.F. 1980. Proposed removal of Leiolopisma(?) fasciolare from the checklist of New Zealand Scincidae (Reptilia: Lacertilia), and a note on the name Hombronia. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 7(3): 425-426.

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Hauschild, A.; Gassner, P. 1995. Skinke im Terrarium. Landbuch, Hannover. 197 pp.

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Hickson, R.E.; Slack, K.E.; Lockhart, P. 2000. Phylogeny recapitulates geography, or why New Zealand has so many species of skinks. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 70(3): 415-433.

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