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Higher TaxaScincidae, Acontinae; Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesAcontias kgalagadi kgalagadi BOULENGER 1887
Acontias kgalagadi subtaeniatus (BROADLEY 1968) 
Common NamesKgalagadi Legless Skink
subtaeniatus: Stripe-bellied Legless Skink 
SynonymTyphlosaurus lineatus BOULENGER 1887: 432
Typhlosaurus lineatus — FITZSIMONS & BRAIN 1958
Typhlosaurus lineatus lineatus — AUERBACH 1987: 105
Acontias kgalagadi kgalagadi LAMB et al. 2010 (nom. nov.)
Acontias kgalagadi kgalagadi — BATES et al. 2014: 242

Acontias kgalagadi subtaeniatus (BROADLEY 1968)
Typhlosaurus lineatus subtaeniatus BROADLEY 1968
Acontias kgalagadi subtaeniatus — LAMB et al. 2010
Acontias kgalagadi subtaeniatus — BATES et al. 2014: 243 
DistributionW Namibia, Botswana (Kalahari), CN Republic of South Africa (N Transvaal, N Cape), E Angola

Type locality: “"Cape of Good Hope"

subtaeniatus: Republic of South Africa (N Transvaal); Type locality: “Great Saltpan, Waterpoort, Northern Transvaal”  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH
Holotype: TM.14959 [subtaeniatus] 
Diagnosis 
CommentHabitat: Burrowing, confined to the sandveld.

Morphology: Limbless.

Distribution: not in Zambia fide WAGNER et al. 2012. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in the Kalahari (”Kgalagadi”). Note that this is a new name (nomen novum) for A. lineatus. 
References
  • Auerbach, R.D. 1987. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Botswana. Mokwepa Consultants, Botswana, 295 pp.
  • Bates, M. F. 1988. Geographical Distribution - Typhlosaurus lineatus lineatus. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (34): 50-50 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575pp. - get paper here
  • Brain, C.K. 1959. Notes on the Breeding of the South African Skink Typhlosaurus lineatus. Copeia 1959 (1): 70-71 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1968. A review of the African genus Typhlosaurus Wiegmann (Sauria: Scincidae). Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 3 (36): 1-20
  • Conradie W, Bills R, and Branch WR. 2016. The herpetofauna of the Cubango, Cuito, and lower Cuando river catchments of south-eastern Angola. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 10(2) [Special Section]: 6–36 - get paper here
  • Conradie, Werner and Sven Bourquin. 2013. Geographic distribution: Acontias kgalagadi kgalagadi (Lamb, Biswas & Bauer, 2010) Striped Legless Skink. African Herp News (60): 29-30
  • Fitzsimons, V.F.M.; Brain, C.K. 1958. A Short account of the Reptiles of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. Koedoe, 1(1): 99-104 - 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
  • 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
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • Pianka, Eric R. 1971. Lizard species density in the Kalahari Desert. Ecology 52 (6): 1024-1029 - 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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