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Chalcides colosii LANZA, 1957

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Colosi's Cylindrical Skink
G: Colosis Walzenskink 
SynonymChalcides ocellatus var. vittatus BOULENGER 1890
Chalcides ocellatus vittatus — MERTENS 1921
Chalcides colosii LANZA 1957 (nom. nov.)
Chalcides ocellatus colosii — BONS 1972
Chalcides colosii — PASTEUR 1981
Chalcides colosii — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 338
Chalcides colosii — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionN Morocco

Type locality: Tangiers  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH unnumbered (registration number on jar lost), Tangiers, collected Mr. Fraser;,,, collected H. Vaucher. No types specifically designated by Boulenger, but he states that the only locality for the taxon is Tangiers, and that it is the only Chalcides at Tangiers. These five specimens are the only specimens from Tangiers in the BMNH collection accessioned prior to the publication of Boulenger's description. 
EtymologyNamed after G. Colosi, director of the Zoological Institute of Florence. 
  • Bons,J. 1972. Herpétologie Marocaine I: Liste commentée des amphibiens et reptiles du Maroc. Bull. Soc. Sci. nat. Maroc 52 (3/4): 107-126
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1890. On the varieties of Chalcides ocellatus, Forsk. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 5: 444-445 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1891. Catalogue of the reptiles and batrachians of Barbary (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), based chiefly upon the notes and collections made in 1880-1884 by M. Fernand Lataste. Tr. Zool. Soc. 13: 93-164
  • Caputo, Vincenzo;Sorice, Marina;Crescimbent, Laura 1999. A molecular taxonomy of some Mediterranean Scincid lizards, Genus Chalcides Laurenti 1768 (Reptilia, Scincidae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 6 (1): 23-32 - get paper here
  • Lanza,B. 1957. Su alcuni "Chalcides" del Marocco (Reptilia: Scincidae). Monit. Zool. Italiano 65: 85-98
  • Martínez del Mármol, Gabriel; D. James Harris, Philippe Geniez, Philip de Pous, and Daniele Salvi 2019. Amphibians and Reptiles of Morocco. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 478 pp - get paper here
  • Mediani, Mohamed; José Carlos Brito, Soumia Fahd 2015. Atlas of the amphibians and reptiles of northern Morocco: updated distribution and patterns of habitat selection. Basic and Applied Herpetology 29: - get paper here
  • Pasteur,G. 1981. A survey of the species groups of the the old world scincid genus Chalcides. Journal of Herpetology 15 (1): 1-16 - get paper here
  • Schleich, H.H., Kästle,W., Kabisch, K. 1996. Amphibians and Reptiles of North Africa. Koeltz, Koenigstein, 627 pp.
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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