Chalcides polylepis


Chalcides is a genus of skinks (family Scincidae).

It is usually placed in the subfamily Scincinae which seems to be paraphyletic however. It belongs to a major clade of this group which does not seem to include the type genus Scincus however. Thus, it will probably be eventually assigned to a new, yet-to-be-named subfamily (Austin & Arnold 2006).



  • (2006): Using ancient and recent DNA to explore relationships of extinct and endangered Leiolopisma skinks (Reptilia: Scincidae) in the Mascarene islands. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39(2): 503–511. (HTML abstract)

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