Mastiff Skinks or
Short-legged Giant Skinks
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia (paraphyletic)
Subclass: Diapsida
(unranked): Sauria
Infraclass: Lepidosauromorpha
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Scleroglossa
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Eugongylus
Fitzinger, 1843

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Eugongylus is a genus of skinks in the subfamily Lygosominae. The namesake of the Eugonglyus group of genera, it occupies a quite basal position among these.[1] Members of this genus are commonly called mastiff skinks or short-legged giant skinks.


  • Eugongylus albofasciolatus (Günther, 1872) – White-banded Mastiff Skink, White-banded Giant Skink, White-striped Cape Skink
  • Eugongylus mentovarius Boettger, 1895 – Odd-chinned Mastiff Skink, Odd-chinned Giant Skink
  • Eugongylus rufescens (Shaw, 1802) – Bar-lipped Sheen-skink
  • Eugongylus sulaensis (Kopstein, 1927) – Sula Skink
  • Eugongylus unilineatus (de Rooij, 1915)


  1. ^ Austin, J.J. & Arnold, E.N. (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. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2005.12.011 (HTML abstract)
  2. ^ Eugongylus, The Reptile Database