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Acontias parietalis (BROADLEY, 1990)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Acontinae; Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Maputaland Legless Skink 
SynonymTyphlosaurus aurantiacus parietalis BROADLEY 1990
Acontias aurantiacus parietalis — LAMB et al. 2010
Acontias parietalis — BATES et al. 2014: 253
Acontias parietalis — PIETERSEN et al. 2018 
DistributionS Zimbabwe, S Mozambique, S Botswana,
Inhaca Island, Mozambique

Type locality: Inhaca Island, Mozambique.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: NMZB 9803, paratypes: PEM (formerly AMG1597) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (parietalis): This southern race is distinguished from the other subspecies by the distinctive fusion of posterior supraocular and parietal (in 81%). In size and ventral counts it agrees with the typical form. Traces of black dorsal stripes are restricted to the tail in large adults. 
CommentMorphology: Limbless. 
EtymologyEtymology (parietalis): The name parietalis refers to the fusion of the posterior subocular with the parietal, which is diagnostic for this subspecies. 
References
  • 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
  • CONRADIE, WERNER; WILLIAM R. BRANCH, & GILLIAN WATSON 2019. Type specimens in the Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa, including the historically important Albany Museum collection. Part 2: Reptiles (Squamata). Zootaxa 4576 (1): 001–045 - get paper here
  • 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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