The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Leiolopisma mauritiana Günther, 1877

Mauritius giant skink, Mauritian giant skink



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Didosaurus mauritianus Günther, 1877; Dido–saurus mauritianus Günther, 1877


Conservation Status

Last record: c. 1600

IUCN RedList status: Extinct





Biology & Ecology




Holotype: BMNH 1965.95






Original scientific description:

Günther, A. (1877). Notice of two extinct lizards, formerly inhabiting the Mascarene Islands. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 13(69): 322-327. [Abstract]


Other references:

Arnold, E. N. (1980). Recently extinct reptile populations from Mauritius and Réunion, Indian Ocean. Journal of Zoology 191(1): 33-47. [Abstract]

Austin, J. J. and Arnold, E. N. (2006). Using ancient and recent DNA to explore relationships of extinct and endangered Leiolopisma skinks (Reptilia: Scincidae) in the Mascarene islands. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39(2): 503-511. [Abstract]

Cheke, Anthony S. and Hume, Julian Pender. (2008). Lost land of the Dodo. London: T & AD Poyser. 464 pp.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Greer, Alan E. (1976). On the evolution of the giant Cape Verde scincid lizard [i]Macroscincus coctei[/i], Journal of Natural History 10(6): 691-712.

Robert Hoffstetter: Sur les Scincidae fossiles : II - Formes subfossiles de l'Ile Maurice. Bull. Mus. nat. Hist. nat. Paris ;séries 2; 17(1), 1945: 80-86

Jean Vinson and Jean-Michel Vinson: Didosaurus In: Saurian fauna of the Mascarene Islands, 1969, p 236-337
Robert Hoffstetter: Les reptiles subfossiles de l'île Maurice: Les Scincidae, Vol 1, Annales de Paléontologie 35, 1949:45-72

World Conservation Monitoring Centre. (1996). Leiolopisma mauritiana. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 29 June 2011.


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