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Acontias gariepensis (FITZSIMONS, 1941)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Acontinae; Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMier Kalahari Legless Skink 
SynonymTyphlosaurus gariepensis FITZSIMONS 1941: 276
Typhlosaurus gariepensis — AUERBACH 1987: 106
Acontias gariepensis — LAMB et al. 2010 
DistributionSW Botswana (Kalahari Gemsbok National Park), Namibia, Republic of South Africa (Northern cape Province)

Type locality: Upington, S. Africa.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: SAM 11232, South African Museum, Cape Town 
CommentFrank & Ramus (1995) gave “1932” as year of description.

Morphology: Limbless. 
References
  • Auerbach, R.D. 1987. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Botswana. Mokwepa Consultants, Botswana, 295 pp.
  • 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.
  • Broadley, D.G. 1968. A review of the African genus Typhlosaurus Wiegmann (Sauria: Scincidae). Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 3 (36): 1-20
  • Fitzsimons,V.F.M. 1941. Descriptions of some new lizards from South Africa and a frog from southern Rhodesia. Ann. Transvaal Mus. (Pretoria) 20 (3): 273-281 - get paper here
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Huey, R. B.;Pianka, E. R. 1974. Ecological character displacement in a lizard. American Zoologist 14: 1127-1136 - get paper here
  • Huey, R. B.;Pianka, E. R.;Egan, M. E.;Coons, L. W. 1974. Ecological shifts in sympatry: kalahari fossorial lizards (Typhlosaurus). Ecology 55 (2): 304-316 - 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
  • Pianka, Eric R. 1971. Lizard species density in the Kalahari Desert. Ecology 52 (6): 1024-1029 - get paper here
 
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