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Mesoscincus schwartzei
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Scincinae
Genus: Mesoscincus
Griffith, Ngo & Murphy, 2000

Mesoscincus[1] is a genus of lizards, comprising three species of skinks native to Mexico and Central America. The species were formerly included in the genus Eumeces.


Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Mesoscincus.


The specific name, altamirani, is in honor of Federico Altamirano who collected the holotype.[3]

The specific name, schwartzei, is in honor of "Dr. E. W. E. Schwartze" who was associated with the zoo in Hamburg, Germany.[3] This probably refers to Erich Wilhelm Edmund Schwartze (1810–1885).


  1. ^ Genus Mesoscincus at The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Ariano-Sánchez, Daniel; Urbina, Antonio; Salazar, Gilberto (2010). "Geographic distribution: Mesoscincus managuae (Managua skink)". Herpetological Review 41 (1): 107.
  3. ^ a b Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Mesoscincus altamirani, p. 6; Mesoscincus schwartzei, p. 239).

Further reading[edit]

  • Griffith, Hugh; Ngo, André; Murphy, Robert W. (2000). "A Cladistic Evaluation of the Cosmopolitan Genus Eumeces Wiegmann (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae)". Russian Journal of Herpetology 7 (1): 1-16. (Mesoscincus, new genus).