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"Ground skink" redirects here. If referring to a particular species, it usually means Scincella lateralis.

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Scincella lateralis, a ground skink
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Sphenomorphinae
Genus: Scincella
Mittleman, 1950[1]

Scincella is a genus of lizards in the skink family, Scincidae, commonly referred to as ground skinks.[1] The exact number of species in the genus is unclear, as taxonomic reclassification is ongoing, and sources vary widely. Scincella species primarily range throughout the temperate regions of the world and are typically small, fossorial lizards, which consume a wide variety of arthropods.


The genus Scincella contains the following 37 recognized species.[2]

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


  1. ^ a b c "Scincella". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 5 December 2006.
  2. ^ Scincella at the Reptile Database. Accessed 11 July 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Mittleman MB (1950). "The Generic Status of Scincus lateralis Say, 1823". Herpetologica 6 (2): 17–24. (Scincella, new genus).
  • Ouboter PE (1986). "A revision of the genus Scincella (Reptilia: Sauria: Scincidae) of Asia, with some notes on its evolution". Zoologische Verhandelingen 229: 1-66.