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Chalcides guentheri, or Günther's cylindrical skink, is a species of skink, a lizard in the family Scincidae. The species is endemic to the Near East.[1]

Chalcides guentheri
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Chalcides
C. guentheri
Binomial name
Chalcides guentheri
Boulenger, 1887
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The specific name, guentheri, is in honor of German-born British herpetologist Albert Günther.[2]

Geographic rangeEdit

C. guentheri is found in Israel, Lebanon, and parts of western Jordan and Syria.[1]


C. guentheri has no limbs.[3]


C. guentheri is usually found in woody or shrubby areas and cannot live in modified habitats. Members of the species may be found burrowing in grasses.[1]


Sexually mature females of C. guentheri give birth to an average of three live young.[1]

Conservation statusEdit

C. guentheri is suffering under major habitat loss as a result of agriculture in the area, and its population is in decline. It is protected by legislation in Israel.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Werner Y; et al. (2005). "Chalcides guentheri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 11 April 2007. Database entry includes a range map and justification for why this species is vulnerable
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Chalcides guentheri, pp. 110-111).
  3. ^ "Chalcides guentheri ". The Reptile Database.

Further readingEdit

  • Boulenger GA (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume III. ... Scincidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XL. (Chalcides guentheri, new species, pp. 404–405).