Sirenoscincus mobydick

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


Taxonavigation: Scincoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Olfactores
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Cladus: Euteleostomi
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Ordo: Squamata
Superfamilia: Scincoidea

Familia: Scincidae
Genus: Sirenoscincus
Species: Sirenoscincus mobydick


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.


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