| Sirenoscincus mobydick|
Miralles et al., 2012
|Distribution of S. mobydick in Madagascar.|
Sirenoscincus mobydick is a species of mermaid skink, a lizard in the family Scincidae. In 2012, the species was first described in a paper by French herpetologists Aurélien Miralles, Miguel Vences, and their colleagues.
Mermaid skinks have only forelimbs, no hind limbs, hence the common name "mermaid skink". This species's forelimbs are shaped like flippers (Sirenoscincus yamagishii has claws). The scientific name Sirenoscincus mobydick consists of the pre-existing parent genus Sirenoscincus, and the name of the white sperm whale from the 1851 novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. The species name is appropriate because whales have no hind limbs, only forelimbs shaped like flippers, and so does this species of skink. It also lacks pigmentation as Moby-Dick did.
The type series consists of two specimens that measured 67–71 mm (2.6–2.8 in) in snout–vent length. The body is about 4 mm (0.16 in) wide at midbody. In preserved specimens, body is entirely pale with eyes visible as dark spots. Colour is assumed to be pinkish in live animals.
In 2015 Sirenoscincus mobydick was reassigned to the genus Voeltzkowia, as Voeltzkowia mobydick, by Miralles et al.
- Miralles, Aurélien; Mirana Anjeriniaina; Christy A. Hipsley; Johannes Müller; Frank Glaw; Miguel Vences (2012). "Variations on a bauplan: description of a new Malagasy "mermaid skink" with flipper-like forelimbs only (Scincidae, Sirenoscincus Sakata & Hikida, 2003)". Zoosystema. 34 (4): 701–719. doi:10.5252/z2012n4a3. (Sirenoscincus mobydick, new species).
- Voeltzkowia mobydick at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 16 July 2016.
- Miralles, Aurélien; Christy A. Hipsley; Jesse Erens; Marcelo Gehara; Andolalao Rakotoarison; Frank Glaw; Johannes Müller; Miguel Vences (2015). "Distinct Patterns of Desynchronized Limb Regression in Malagasy Scincine Lizards (Squamata, Scincidae)". PLoS ONE 10 (6): e0126074. (Voeltzkowia mobydick, new combination).
- Data related to Sirenoscincus mobydick at Wikispecies
- Media related to Sirenoscincus mobydick at Wikimedia Commons
- News related to Wikinews interviews Aurélien Miralles about Sirenoscincus mobydick species discovery at Wikinews