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Chalcides polylepis BOULENGER, 1890

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Many-scaled Cylindrical Skink, Multiscaled Skink
G: Vielschuppiger Walzenskink, Marokko-Walzenskink 
SynonymChalcides ocellatus var. polylepis BOULENGER 1890: 445
Chalcides ocellatus polylepis forma guttolineata WERNER 1931
Chalcides ocellatus polylepis — HEDIGER 1935
Chalcides polylepis — LANZA 1957
Chalcides ocellatus forme polylepis — BONS 1959
Chalcides polylepis — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 345
Chalcides polylepis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionMorocco; Canary Islands (Fuerteventura), Western Sahara

Type locality: Morocco, Morocco city, Casablanca.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH, presented by J.G. Fischer;, Casablanca, Morocco, presented by SMF
Holotype: MCZ 31462 [guttolineata] 
CommentSynonymy: partly fide TIEDEMANN 1994. Chalcides simonyi was originally classified as Ch. polylepis occidentalis (LANZA 1957) but is now considered as a valid species by several authors (BROWN & PERSTANO 1998) based on molecular data. 
EtymologyFrom Greek “polys” = many, “lepis” = scale; in comparison with Chalcides ocellatus it has more scales around midtrunk. 
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  • 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
  • BROWN, R.P. and J. PESTANO 1998. Phylogeography of skinks (Chalcides) in the Canary Islands inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Ecology 7: 1183-1191 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • Elbahi A, Lawton C, Oubrou W, El Bekkay M, Hermas J, Dugon M 2022. Reptile biodiversity in Souss-Massa National Park: an internationally important hotspot in the Mediterranean region. Biodiversity Data Journal 10: e79088 - get paper here
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
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  • Hediger, H. 1935. Herpetologische Beobachtungen in Marokko. Verhandlungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Basel 46: 1-49
  • Lanza,B. 1957. Su alcuni "Chalcides" del Marocco (Reptilia: Scincidae). Monit. Zool. Italiano 65: 85-98
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  • 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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