Tachygyia microlepis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Tachygyia microlepis
Species Authority: (Duméril & Bibron, 1839)
Common Name(s):
English Tonga Ground Skink
Eumeces microlepis Duméril & Bibron, 1839
Tachygia microlepis (Duméril & Bibron, 1839) [orth. error]

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-09-13
Assessor(s): Allison, A., Hamilton, A. & Tallowin, O.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Bowles, P.
Listed as Extinct because it has not been recorded since the early 19th century, and extensive searches have failed to locate this species.
1996 Extinct

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was endemic to Tonga.
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: This species is considered to be extinct.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: There is no information on this species other than it being terrestrial. Similar species are crepuscular predators found in undergrowth.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not used.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The causes of extinction are believed to be habitat loss, colonization by people of Tonga, along with associated predators such as dogs, pigs and rats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures needed for this extinct species.

Citation: Allison, A., Hamilton, A. & Tallowin, O. 2012. Tachygyia microlepis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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