Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Scincinae
Genus: Voeltzkowia
Boettger, 1893
Geographic ranges of some species of Voeltzkowia (sensu lato) on the island of Madagascar.

Voeltzkowia is a genus of skinks.

Geographic range

The genus Voeltzkowia is endemic to Madagascar.[1]


Three species are recognized as being valid.[1]

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

The species V. mobydick and V. yamagishii were formerly in the genus Sirenoscincus.

The species formerly known as Voeltzkowia fierinensis, V. lineata, V. petiti, and V. rubrocaudata have been assigned to the genus Grandidierina.[2]


The generic name, Voeltzkowia, is in honor of German biologist Alfred Voeltzkow.[3]

The specific name, yamagishii, is in honor of Japanese zoologist Satoshi Yamagishi.[4]


  1. 1 2 "Voeltzkowia ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. "Grandidierina ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. Boettger 1893, p. 116.
  4. Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Sirenoscincus yamagishii, p. 292).

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