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Higher TaxaScincidae, Acontinae; Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesAcontias aurantiacus aurantiacus (PETERS 1854)
Acontias aurantiacus bazarutoensis BROADLEY 1990
Acontias aurantiacus carolinensis BROADLEY 1990 
Common Names 
SynonymTyphline aurantiaca PETERS 1854: 620
Typhlosaurus aurantiacus — BAUER et al. 1995: 66
Acontias aurantiacus — LAMB et al. 2010

Acontias aurantiacus bazarutoensis BROADLEY 1990
Typhlosaurus aurantiacus bazarutoensis — JACOBSEN et al. 2010
Acontias aurantiacus bazarutoensis — LAMB et al. 2010

Acontias aurantiacus carolinensis BROADLEY 1990
Typhlosaurus aurantiacus carolinensis BROADLEY 1990
Acontias aurantiacus carolinensis — LAMB et al. 2010 
DistributionS Zimbabwe, S Mozambique, S Botswana,
Republic of South Africa (NE Transvaal, N Zululand)

Type locality: “Inhambane, Lourenzo-Marques [Maputo]” [Mozambique].

carolinensis: as in TL; Type locality: Santa Carolina Island, Mozambique.  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 3935, 3936, 3937, 3938, MCZ 21046, ZISP 697
Holotype: NMZB 10096 [bazarutoensis]
Holotype: NMZB 10048 [carolinensis] 
CommentMorphology: Limbless.

Subspecies: Pietersen et al. 2018 elevated Acontias aurantiacus fitzsimonsi and A a. parietalis to full species but did not comment on the status of bazarutoensis or carolinensis. 
EtymologyEtymology (bazarutoensis): named after the type locality. 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Bauer, A.M.; Günther,R. & Klipfel,M. 1995. The herpetological contributions of Wilhelm C.H. Peters (1815-1883). SSAR Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, 714 pp.
  • Broadley D G 1990. The herpetofaunas of the islands off the coast of south Mocambique. Arnoldia Zimbabwe 9 (35): 469-493
  • Broadley, D.G. 1968. A review of the African genus Typhlosaurus Wiegmann (Sauria: Scincidae). Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 3 (36): 1-20
  • Jacobsen, Niels H.G.; Errol W. Pietersen & Darren W. Pietersen 2010. A preliminary herpetological survey of the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary on the San Sebastian Peninsula, Vilankulo, Mozambique. Herpetology Notes 3: 181-193 - get paper here
  • Lamb, T.; Biswas, S. & Bauer, A.M. 2010. A phylogenetic reassessment of African fossorial skinks in the subfamily Acontinae (Squamata: Scincidae): evidence for parallelism and polyphyly. Zootaxa 2657: 33–46 - get paper here
  • Peters,W.C.H. 1854. Diagnosen neuer Batrachier, welche zusammen mit der früher (24. Juli und 17. August) gegebenen Übersicht der Schlangen und Eidechsen mitgetheilt werden. Ber. Bekanntmach. Geeignet. Verhandl. Königl.-Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1854: 614-628
  • PIETERSEN, DARREN W.; CLARKE H. SCHOLTZ & ARMANDA D.S. BASTOS 2018. Multi-locus phylogeny of southern African Acontias aurantiacus (Peters) subspecies (Scincidae: Acontinae) confirms the presence of three genetically, geographically and morphologically discrete taxa. Zootaxa 4442 (3): 427–440 - get paper here
  • Wagner, Philipp; Donald G. Broadley, and Aaron M. Bauer 2012. A New Acontine Skink from Zambia (Scincidae: Acontias Cuvier, 1817). Journal of Herpetology 46 (4): 494-502. - get paper here
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