Acontias poecilus BOURQUIN & LAMBIRIS, 1996
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Acontias poecilus?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Acontinae; Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Variable Legless Skink|
|Synonym||Acontias poecilus BOURQUIN & LAMBIRIS 1996|
Acontias poecilus — LAMB et al. 2010
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (SE KwaZulu-Natal)|
Type locality: Leisure Bay, KwaZulu-Natal Province, 31° 01' 20" S, 30° 14' 42" E, 10 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: TM 79313, Adult female, coil. P. M. Hitchins, 13.5.1994;|
Paratypes: TM 55954, juvenile, Umtentweni, KwaZulu-Natal 30° 42' 30" S, 30° 28' 45" E, 60 m above sea level, coil. M. F. Mciver, 26.2.1981; TM 68087, adult female, Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, KwaZulu-NataI 30° 43' 36" S, 30° 16' 29" E, 380 m above sea level, coil. J. Wyatt, 12.5.1968; TM 79314, adult female, Umtentweni, KwaZulu-Natal 30° 43' 18" S, 30° 28' 00" E, 20 m above sea level, coil. K Morty, 10.1.1994; TM 79315 (subadult) and TM 79316 (juvenile), both collected together with holotype.
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS. Robust species, total length exceed- ing 400 mm in adults. No groove, or only a partial, interrupted groove from posterior part of rostral to nostril. Five to seven chin shields bordering mental. Reduction to 14 scales around body at less than 55 % of body length from tip of snout. Body pattern striped in juveniles, mottled to nearly plain in adults. Ventrum usually markedly lighter than dorsum.|
|Comment||Size: One of the largest skinks known (max. SVL about 382 mm).|
|Etymology||The name of the new species is derived from 'poecilos' (Greek) = variable, varie- gated, referring to the variable colour patterns, not only between adults, but also between adults and juveniles.|