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Leptosiaphos dewittei (LOVERIDGE, 1934)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: De Witte’s Leaf-litter Skink, De Witte's Five-toed Skink 
SynonymLygosoma (Siaphos) compressicauda DE WITTE 1933: 175
Siaphos dewittei LOVERIDGE 1934: 184 (nom. nov.)
Lygosoma (Leptosiaphos) compressicauda — SCHMIDT 1943
Panaspis compressicauda — GREER 1974: 29
Leptosiaphos dewittei — BROADLEY 1998
Leptosiaphos dewittei — PIETERSEN et al. 2021 
DistributionS Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Angola  
TypesHolotype: RMCA (= MRAC) 8614 (collector F.G. Overlaet). 
CommentSynonymy: Lygosoma (Siaphos) compressicauda is preoccupied by Lygosoma (Hinulia) compressicauda WERNER 1897. Siaphos dewittei is listed as a synonym of Lygosoma kilimensis by LOVERIDGE 1957: 216 and de Witte 1953 (see also Copeia 1934: 184). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Gaston-François de Witte (1897-1980) who worked in the Belgian Congo (1933-1935 and 1946-1949), originally as a colonial administrator but also as a naturalist and collector for the Institut des Parcs Nationales Congo-Belge, Tervuren.  
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  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1934. A new Name for Lygosoma (Siaphos) compressicauda of the Congo, preoccupied. Copeia 1934 (4): 184-184 - get paper here
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  • Witte, G. F. de 1953. Reptiles. Exploration du Parc National de l'Upemba. Mission G. F. de Witte en collaboration avec W. Adam, A. Janssens, L. Van Meel et R. Verheyen (1946–1949). Institut des Parcs Nationaux du Congo Belge. Brussels, vol. 6, 322 pp. - get paper here
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