Brachyseps anosyensis (RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM, 1993)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Amphiglossus anosyensis RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM 1993|
Amphiglossus anosyensis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 315
Amphiglossus anosyensis — ANDREONE & GREER 2002
Amphiglossus anosyensis — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Amphiglossus anosyensis — MIRALLES et al. 2011
Type locality: Ampamakiesiny Pass, 24°32’ S, 46°51’ E, 820 m elevation, 14 km northwest of Ranomafana-Sud, Tôlanaro (Fort Dauphin) Fivodronana, Toliara (Tulear) Province, Madagascar.
|Types||Holotype: UMMZ 195746 (RAN 36337), adult male|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A medium-sized Amphiglossus, 65 mm maximum SVL with 2830 longitudinal rows of scales around midbody (all the same size), 67-70 scales between mental scale and anal scale, 33-34 presacral vertebrae, forelimb when laid forwards reaches tympanum, 17-19 lamellae under fourth toe of the hindfoot. Coloration dorsally dark brown, with small circular yellow spots on head, body, and tail which are largest on anterior half of the body. Tail underside pale pink and unspotted. No other species of Amphiglossus has markings like A. anosyensis. The following species have similar scale counts and presacral vertebrae numbers, but can be separated from Amphiglossus anosyensis by the indicated characters:A. splendidus has a median pair of dorsal scales on the body which are enlarged laterallyand bold transverse stripes on the head and body (Brygoo,1985);A. frontoparietalis has bold transverse bands on the head and anterior portion of the body, the tail underside is spotted (Brygoo, 1980c), and the forelimbs extend past the tympanum, usually to the eye (Angel, 1942;Boulenger, 1889); A. melanurus is uniform brown above with each dorsal scale marked distally by a single dark spot, has 35-45 presacral vertebrae and 70-92 scales between mental and anal scale (Brygoo, 1984b); A. macrocercus is uniform brown above with two dark lateral spots on each scale, 35-39 presacral vertebrae and has 70-82 scales between mental and anal (Brygoo, 1984b); A. gastrotictus is uniform brown with fine dark spots and 35-36 presacral vertebrae (Brygoo, 1984b, RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM 1993: 333).|
|Etymology||Named after the Anosy Mountains (after the Malagasy word “nosy” = island, “anosy” = in the island).|
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