Sirenoscincus mobydick

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Sirenoscincus mobydick
Image credit: Aurélien Miralles
Sirenoscincus mobydick, dead specimen on leaf
Image credit: Mrs Andolalao Rakotoarison

Taxonavigation[edit]

Taxonavigation: Scincoidea

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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Chordata Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Scincoidea

Familia: Scincidae
Genus: Sirenoscincus
Species: Sirenoscincus mobydick

Name[edit]

  • Sirenoscincus mobydick Miralles, Anjeriniaina, Hipsley, Müller, Glaw & Vences, 2012
Holotype: ZCMV 12920, ((field number MA293), collected by Mirana Anjeriniaina, uAdBA r70487.
Type locality: Northwest Madagascar, Sofia region, commune rurale of Port Bergé II, 3 km from the village of Marosely, plateau of Bongolava (15°38’49.7’’S, 47°34’59’’E), 250 m elevation.
Etymology: Refers to Moby Dick, the famous albino sperm whale imagined by Herman Melville (1851), with whom the new species shares several uncommon characteristics, such as the lack of hindlimbs, the presence of flipper-like forelimbs, highly reduced eyes, and the complete absence of pigmentation.

Primary references[edit]

Wikinews Wikinews has news relating to this subject: Wikinews interviews Aurélien Miralles about Sirenoscincus mobydick species discovery.