Leiolopisma ceciliae Arnold & Bour, 2008:43

Réunion Giant skink, Réunion skink



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: known only from sub-fossil remains; post-1550 (Sanchez, 2019)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Réunion, Mascarene Islands


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Arnold, E. Nicholas and Bour, Roger. (2008). A new Nactus gecko (Gekkonidae) and a new Leiolopisma skink (Scincidae) from La Réunion, Indian Ocean, based on recent fossil remains and ancient DNA sequence. Zootaxa 1705: 40-50.


Other references:

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: 503-511.

Probst, J-M. 1998. Les Scincidae disparus de La Réunion: le Grand Scinque Leiolopisma sp., le Scinque de Bojer Gongylomorphus bojerii et le Scinque de Bouton Cryptoblepharus boutonii. Bulletin Phaethon 7: 1-4.

Probst, J.-M. and Brial, P. 2002. Récits anciens de naturalistes à l’île Bourbon. 1er guide des espèces disparues de La Réunion (Reptiles, Oiseaux et Mammifères)Nature & Patrimoine. Nature & Patrimoine, Ile de La Réunion.

Sanchez, M. (2019). Leiolopisma ceciliae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T17023550A17023949. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-2.RLTS.T17023550A17023949.en. Downloaded on 26 June 2021.




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