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Brachyseps spilostichus (ANDREONE & GREER, 2002)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAmphiglossus spilostichus ANDREONE & GREER 2002: 142
Amphiglossus spilostichus — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Amphiglossus spilostichus — LINDKEN et al. 2024 
DistributionNE Madagascar

Type locality: Tsararano Forest, Campsite 2 (Andatony Anivo), Andapa Fivondronana, Antsiranana Faritany (Diégo Suarez Province), 14°54.8'S, 49°42.6'E, elevation 650 m.  
TypesHolotype: MRSN R1737 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguished from all other Amphiglossus except A. mandady n. sp. (below) in having a colour pattern of pale dashes arranged linearly through the centres of the otherwise brown scales on the dorsum, sides of the neck and anterior body. Differs from A. mandady most noticeably in having longitudinal scale rows at midbody 27±30 vs 24 (see A. mandady for further distinguishing characters) (Andreone et al. 2002). 
CommentBrachyseps spilostichus has been “tentatively” assigned to the genus Brachyseps by Erens et al. 2017.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the Greek words for spot' (spilos) and “stripe” (stichos) to call attention the linearly spotted pattern of the species. 
  • Andreone, F. & Greer, A.E. 2002. Malagasy scincid lizards: descriptions of nine new species, with notes on the morphology, reproduction and taxonomy of some previously described species (Reptilia, Squamata: Scincidae). Journal of Zoology 258, 139-181 - get paper here
  • Erens, Jesse; Aurélien Miralles, Frank Glaw, Lars Chatrou, Miguel Vences 2016. Extended molecular phylogenetics and revised systematics of Malagasy scincine lizards. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Schmitz, A.; M.C. Brandley; P. Mausfeld; M. Vences; F. Glaw; R.A. Nussbaum and T.W. Reeder 2005. Opening the black box: phylogenetics and morphological evolution of the Malagasy fossorial lizards of the subfamily “Scincinae”. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34: 118–133 (published online 2004) - get paper here
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