Abstract

A new species of Nannoscincus from relictual high elevation closed forest is described from southern New Caledonia. This species is most similar in appearance to Nannoscincus gracilis, but can be distinguished by its large size and a suite of distinctive scalation characters. Further, it is the only species of Nannoscincus recorded as being able to vocalise. The species is known only from closed forest patches on Pic Ningua and adjacent Mt Çidoa at around 1000 m in altitude. The overall extent of this habitat is small, fragmented, and in an area that is actively mined. As such the species is regarded as at risk, and the level of threat as Vulnerable.

 
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Short Form
Sadlier et al., 2006, Rec. Aust. Mus. 58(1): 29–36
Author
Ross A. Sadlier; Aaron M. Bauer; Sarah A. Smith
Year
2006
Title
A new species of Nannoscincus Günther (Squamata: Scincidae) from high elevation forest in southern New Caledonia
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
58
Issue
1
Start Page
29
End Page
36
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.58.2006.1458
Language
English
Date Published
10 May 2006
Cover Date
10 May 2006
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
REPTILIA; TAXONOMY; NEW CALEDONIA
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10 May 2006
Available Online
10 May 2006
Reference Number
1458
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