Brachyseps mandady (ANDREONE & GREER, 2002)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Amphiglossus mandady ANDREONE & GREER 2002: 144|
Amphiglossus mandady — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Type locality: “at Masoala Peninsula, Campsite 5 (Menamalona), Antalaha
Fivondronana, Antsiranana Faritany (Diégo Suarez Province), 15°22.87'S, 49°59.27'E, elevation 780 m.”
|Types||Holotype: MRSN R1717|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Very similar to preceding species but differing in the following features: supraciliaries 6 (vs 7±8); longitudinal scale rows at mid-body 24 (27±30); paravertebrals 69 (70±72); ventrals 73 (70±71); subdigital lamellae 19±20 (21); presacral vertebrae 36 (34); SVL 62mm (79± 81.5mm), 6.3 (5.9±6.1) times head length (9.8mm); as proportion of SVL, front limb 17% (21) and rear limb 27% (31±32), i.e. limbs relatively smaller considering that intraspecifically, smaller individuals usually have relatively longer limbs; underside of tail dark brown (pale) (Andreone et al. 2002).|
Colour in life. The species is dark brown-reddish dorsally, with a small pale spot or dash in the centre of each scale. The belly is likely pale yellowish (Andreone et al. 2002).
Colour in preservative. Similar to Amphiglossus spilostichus, but generally darker brown and with the pale dashes extending more posteriorly on body (Andreone et al. 2002).
|Comment||Brachyseps mandady has been “tentatively” assigned to the genus Brachyseps by Erens et al. 2017.|
Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||Named after the Malagasy word `mandady' meaning, in general, `to creep' or `creeping'. This is an attribute of the typical locomotory behaviour of the Amphiglossus skinks, including this new species. The phonetic rendition is: man”dad”ee (accented syllables in quotes).|
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