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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

Where does the Leiolopisma live?

Leiolopisma is a genus of skinks, which are a type of lizard.
Most species of Leiolopisma live in the region of New Caledonia and New Zealand, where they are related to other skink genera such as Emoia.
However, one living and two extinct species of Leiolopisma are endemic to the Mascarene Islands, which are located in the Indian Ocean.
These are:
  • Leiolopisma telfairii, also known as the Round Island ground skink, is the only surviving species of Leiolopisma in the Mascarenes.
    It is found on Round Island, a small volcanic island off the coast of Mauritius.
    It is threatened by habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change.
  • Leiolopisma mauritiana, also known as the Mauritian giant skink, was a large, green skink that lived on Mauritius and some of its surrounding islands.
    It became extinct in the 17th century due to hunting, deforestation, and predation by introduced animals.
  • Leiolopisma ceciliae, also known as the Réunion giant skink, was a small, fast-moving skink that lived on Réunion, another island in the Mascarenes.
    It became extinct, probably due to the same factors that caused the extinction of Leiolopisma mauritiana.
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