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Eumecia johnstoni (BOULENGER, 1897)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma (Riopa) johnstoni BOULENGER 1897: 801
Riopa (Eumecia) johnstoni — SMITH 1937: 230
Riopa johnstoni — LOVERIDGE 1953
Eumecia johnstonei — GREER 2001
Eumecia johnstoni — PIETERSEN et al. 2021 
DistributionMalawi (“Nyasaland”)

Type locality: “Nyika Plateau”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.21.90 (formerly, Nyika Plateau, N Nyassaland, collected Sir H.H. Johnston. 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyNamed after Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston (1858-1927), a formidable explorer, colonial administrator, painter, photographer, cartographer, naturalist, writer, and Queen Victoria's first Commissioner and Consul-General to British Central Africa. He presented the specimens to the British Museum (Beolens et al. 2011). 
  • 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. 1897. A list of the reptiles and batrachians collected in northern Nyasssaland by Mr. Alex Whyte, F.Z.S., and presented to the British Museum by Sir Harry H. Johnston, K.C.B., with descriptions of new species. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1897: 800-803 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen E. 2001. Distribution of maximum snout-vent length among species of Scincid lizards. Journal of Herpetology 35 (3): 383-395 - get paper here
  • Greer,A.E. 1967. The generic relationships of the African scincid genus Eumecia. Breviora (276): 1-9 - get paper here
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - 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
  • Pietersen, Darren, Verburgt, Luke & Davies, John 2021. Snakes and other reptiles of Zambia and Malawi. Struik Nature / Penguin Random House South Africa, 376 pp., ISBN 9781775847373
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
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