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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesEumecia anchietae anchietae BOCAGE 1870
Eumecia anchietae major LAURENT 1964
Eumecia anchietae wittei LAURENT 1964 
Common NamesWestern Serpentiform Skink 
SynonymEumecia anchietae BOCAGE 1870: 67
Euprepes Anchieta BOCAGE 1866: 44 (nom. nud.)
Lygosoma (Riopa) anchietae — BOULENGER 1887
Lygosoma anchietae — STERNFELD 1911: 384
Riopa (Eumecia) anchietae — SMITH 1937: 230
Riopa anchietae — LOVERIDGE 1953
Eumecia anchietae — HAAGNER et al. 2000
Eumecia anchietae — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 16
Eumecia anchietae anchietae — HAAGNER et al. 2000
Eumecia anchietae — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 130
Eumecia anchietae anchietae — MARQUES et al. 2018

Eumecia anchietae major LAURENT 1964
Eumecia anchietae major — MARQUES et al. 2018 
DistributionAngola, S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia

Type locality: Huilla Plateau, Mossamedes, Angola.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: MBL specimen number unnkown (collector J.A. d’Anchieta) destroyed by fire 18 March 1978.
Holotype: MD 6002 (collector A. Serralheiro) [major]
Holotype: IRSNB; Paratypes in ZFMK, IRSNB, RMNH and CM [wittei] 
Diagnosis 
CommentType species: Eumecia anchietae BOCAGE 1870 is the type species of the genus Eumecia BOCAGE 1870.

Reduced limbs. 
EtymologyNamed after José de Anchieta (9 Oct 1832 -14 Sep 1897), Portugese explorer of Africa. 
References
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