Gardiner's Burrowing Skink (Pamelaescincus gardineri) is the only species (monotypic) of the skink genus Pamelaescincus.
It is usually placed in the subfamily Scincinae, which seems to be paraphyletic. Probably quite close to Janetaescincus, it belongs to a major clade that does not seem to include the type genus Scincus. Thus, it will probably be eventually assigned to a new, yet-to-be-named subfamily.5]
Pamelaescincus gardineri is found only in the Seychelles. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, where it buries in the leaf litter and soil.
Populations are locally affected by introduced predators and habitat destruction, but unlike its relatives, it is not considered an endangered species by the IUCN.t. Hist. (11) 14: 577-584