Questions on Skink Systematics

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Questions on Skink Systematics

Postby Tula_girl » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:22 pm

Hi Everybody, I'm hoping this is considered an advanced discussion question. I am doing a presentation on blue tongues for my local herp society at the end of the month and I want to make sure to be giving as accurate and up-to-date information as possible. I figured that some of you would be great ones to ask some of my questions I am having a hard time answering.

First, is scincidae still considered to be the largest family of lizards? I was seeing some controversy about the gecko family potentially being bigger...

Second, right now what is the accepted species and subspecies count for blue tongue skinks?

Does anyone have any great literature on this kind of thing? The bluey bible is a little out of date when it comes to all this classification stuff.
So if anyone has some answers and good sources to back it up I would really really appreciate it!
~Jessica

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Re: Questions on Skink Systematics

Postby Edward » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:33 am

Best source for reptile species information: http://www.reptile-database.org/

Species in the largest gecko family (Gekkonidae): 905
Species in Scincidae: 1516

Tiliqua species: 7
Tiliqua subspecies: 14
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Re: Questions on Skink Systematics

Postby Tula_girl » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:14 pm

Thank you so much Edward! That is exactly the info and kind of site that I needed. :)
~Jessica



• Tula, my Irian Jaya Bluey

• Tibs, my 'Peach' Northern

• Hippo, my palarra shingle

• Tang, Orange Northern

• 1.1 crested geckos

• 0.2 red foot tortoises

• 1.2 fat tail geckos
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Re: Questions on Skink Systematics

Postby critterguy » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:34 pm

The splitting of the geckos into two families helps that alot.

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