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Chalcides delislei (LATASTE & ROCHEBRUNE, 1876)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Delisle's Wedge-snouted Skink 
SynonymAllodactylus de l’Islei LATASTE & ROCHEBRUNE in LATASTE 1876: 238
Chalcides delislei — BOULENGER 1887
Sphenops delislei — PAPENFUSS 1969
Sphenops delislei — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 368
Sphenops delislii — GENIEZ et al. 2004
Chalcides delislei — CARRANZA et al. 2008 
DistributionMauritania, Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Central Sahara, Mali, Sudan (Jumhūriyyat)

Type locality: unknown (see comment)  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1920.1.20.405, from Lataste collection (Lastaste gives the collector as Capt. Savatier). 
CommentHabitat: A subterranean species, unearthed during seasonal rains. Cited after the Zoological Record 1876: 9, which also gives a short description of the new genus Allodactylus, but claims the source to be “Japan”.

Distribution: not in Libya fide Bauer et al. 2017. Type locality unknown (Japan, in error, fide Lataste, 1876). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Fernand Delisle (1836-1911), French physician and anthropologist who worked at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. 
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Jonathan C. DeBoer , Dylan J. Taylor 2017. Atlas of the Reptiles of Libya. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 64 (8): 155-318 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • Böhme, Wolfgang & Jeffrey Heath 2018. Amphibian and reptilian records from south-central Mali and western Burkina Faso. Bonn zoological Bulletin 67 (1): 59–69 - get paper here
  • Carranza, S.; E.N. Arnold, Ph. Geniez, J. Roca and J.A. Mateo 2008. Radiation, multiple dispersal and parallelism in the skinks, Chalcides and Sphenops (Squamata: Scincidae), with comments on Scincus and Scincopus and the age of the Sahara Desert. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46 (3): 1071-1094 - get paper here
  • Geniez, P.; Mateo, J.A.; Geniez, M. & Pether, J. 2004. The amphibians and reptiles of the Western Sahara (former Spanish Sahara) and adjacent regions. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 228 pp. [reviewed in Reptilia GB 44: 81]
  • Lataste,F. & Rochebrune, T. de 1876. Description d’un genre nouveau et d’une espèce nouvelle de scincoidien saurophthalme. Journal of Zoology 1876: 237-243 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Padial, J. M. 2006. COMMENTED DISTRIBUTIONAL LIST OF THE REPTILES OF MAURITANIA (WEST AFRICA). Graellsia, 62(2): 159-178 - get paper here
  • Papenfuss, T. J. 1969. Preliminary analysis of the reptiles of arid central West Africa. Wasmann Journal of Biology 27:249—325 - 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
  • Spawls, Stephen; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
  • Velo-Antón, G., Henrique, M., Liz, A.V. et al. 2022. DNA barcode reference library for the West Sahara-Sahel reptiles. Scientific Data 9(1): 459. - get paper here
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