Phoboscincus bocourti Brocchi, 1876:95

Terror skink, Bocourt's giant skink, Bocourt's terrific skink, Bocourt's eyelid skink



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Eumeces bocourti Brocchi, 1876:95


Conservation Status

Last record: c.1872

Rediscovered in December 2003

IUCN RedList status: Endangered



Île des Pins (=Isle of Pines), New Caledonia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Brocchi, M. (1876). Sur un Scincoiden noureau appartenant au genre Eumeces. Bulletin Societe Philomathique de Paris (6) 12: 95-97.


Other references:

Caut, S., Holden, M., Jowers, M. J., Boistel, R. and Ineich, I. (2013). Is Bocourt’s Terrific Skink Really So Terrific? Trophic Myth and Reality. PLoS ONE 8(10): e78638.

Ineich, I. (2006). Bocourt's terrific skink of New Caledonia is not extinct! Oryx 40(2): 136.

Ineich, I. (2009). Bocourt’s terrific skink, Phoboscincus bocourti Brocchi, 1876 (Squamata, Scincidae, Lygosominae). Zoologia Neocaledonica 7, Mémoires du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle 198: 149-174.

Ineich I, Sadlier RA, Bauer AM (In Press, 2013) The Validity of the New Caledonian Skink Genus Phoboscincus and the Affinities of Phoboscincus bocourti (Brocchi, 1876). Zoologia Neocaledonica. Biodiversity studies in New Caledonia, Mémoires du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle.

Sadlier, Ross A. (1987). A review of the scincid lizards of New Caledonia. Records of the Australian Museum 39(1): 1-66.

Sadlier, R.A., Whitaker, A.H. and Bauer, A.M. (2010). Phoboscincus bocourti. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. ( Downloaded on 13 December 2013.


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