Acontias cregoi (BOULENGER, 1903)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Acontias cregoi?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Acontinae; Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Cregoe's Legless Skink|
|Synonym||Typhlosaurus cregoi BOULENGER 1903: 434|
Typhlosaurus cregoi — GREER 2003
Acontias cregoi — LAMB et al. 2010
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (N Transvaal)|
Type locality: Zoutpansberg, Transvaal.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 1922.214.171.124 (1903.3.27.23), collected J.P. Cregoe.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: This species is most nearly related to T. aurantiacus, Peters, which differs principally in the absence of a frontoparietal distinct from the interparietal, in the shorter symphysial, in the broader dorsal scales, and in the number of scales round the body [from BOULENGER 1903].|
|Comment||Typhlosaurus (= Acontias) cregoi bicolor HEWITT 1929 has been elevated to full species status.|
Photo in Elaphe 18 (4): 21 .
Frank & Ramus (1995) erroneously gave “1887” as year of description.
Description: Snout conical, strongly projecting. Rostral as long as the other head-shields together; frontal and frontoparietal equal in size, nearly twice as broad as long; a pair of large parietals, forming a suture behind the small interparietal; eye scarcely distinguishable below a small ocular; a larger supraocular; four small upper labiaIs; symphysial very large, extending beyond the posterior border of the rostral, its posterior border very slightly notched in the middle. Scales hexagonal, much broader than long, subequal, 16 round the middle of the body. 'l'ailvery short, rounded at the end. Whitish, above with black longitudinal lines corresponding to the series of scales, beneath with longitudinal series of blackish dots. Size: Total length 150 mm; tail 25 mm (from BOULENGER 1903).
|Etymology||named after Mr. J.P. Cregoe.|