Acontias schmitzi WAGNER, BROADLEY & BAUER, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Acontias schmitzi?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Acontinae; Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Acontias schmitzi WAGNER, BROADLEY & BAUER 2012|
Type locality: Kataba Reserve (15°23.015’S, 23°23.729’E), near Mongu (Western Province, formerly Barotseland), Zambia.
|Types||Holotype: ZFMK 91579, collected by Jean-Luc Meier (between July and August, 2000); donated by Hynek Burda and Rainer Hutterer, December 2010.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis.—A medium-sized limbless species of the genus Acontias, with the eyes covered by more than one scale, no ear openings, clear scale covering the pineal foramen. It is distinguishable from all other species by the combination of the concealed eye, four chin shields bordering the mental, 14 scale rows at midbody, 173 ventral scales (from chin shield to cloaca), and a color pattern characterized by a dark dorsum and a pale ventrum.|
For a more detailed differential diagnosis, including comparisons with other genera in the region, see WAGNER et al. 2012.
|Comment||Similar species: A. jappi|
Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017).