Pseudemoia is a genus of skinks native to southeastern Australia. For similar skinks see genera Bassiana, Lampropholis, and Niveoscincus.

Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Eugongylinae
Genus: Pseudemoia
Fuhn, 1967[1]

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At least in P. entrecasteauxii, P. pagenstecheri, and P. spenceri, a placenta-like structure is formed during pregnancy to pass nutrients to the developing offspring.[2] Similar mammal-like adaptations also occur in the skink genera Chalcides, Eumecia, Mabuya, Niveoscincus, and Trachylepis.[3]


Six species are recognized.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Pseudemoia ". Dahms Tierleben.
  2. ^ Thompson MB, Stewart JR (2000). "Comparison of nutrient transport across the placenta of lizards differing in placental complexity". Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A 127 (4): 469-479.
  3. ^ Van Dyke JU, Brandley MC, Thompson MB (2014). "The evolution of viviparity: molecular and genomic data from squamate reptiles advance understanding of live birth in amniotes". Reproduction 147 (1): R15-R26. doi: 10.1530/REP-13-0309
  4. ^ Wilson S, Swan G (2003). A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia, Second edition. Sydney: New Holland Publishing. 512 pp. ISBN 1877069469.
  5. ^ Pseudemoia. The Reptile Database.
  6. ^ 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. (Pseudemoia baudini, p. 19).