Leptosiaphos meleagris (BOULENGER, 1907)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Leptosiaphos meleagris?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Ruwenzori Four-toed Skink|
|Synonym||Lygosoma meleagris BOULENGER 1907: 488|
Lygosoma (Leptosiaphos) meleagris — SCHMIDT 1943
Panaspis meleagris — GREER 1974: 29
Leptosiaphos meleagris — BROADLEY 1998
Leptosiaphos meleagris — SPAWLS et al. 2002: 152
Leptosiaphos meleagris — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 161
|Distribution||Uganda, Rwanda, E Democratic Republic of the Congo (E Zaire), Burundi|
Type locality: Mubuku Valley (elevation 7,000 feet), Mount Ruwenzori, Uganda.
|Types||Type: BMNH 1922.214.171.124 (and possibly additional specimens).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus): A group of small elongate skinks constituting a biological series with degenerative steps of evolution represented by various reductions in the size of the ear opening, the relative size of the limbs, and the number of digits; differing from the Australian Siaphos equate (the type of Siaphos Gray) in slenderness of body and tail, which are less muscular and less cylindrical, and in slenderness of digits, in which the subdigital lamellae are small and more numerous than the scales on the upper surface of the digit. SCHMIDT 1943 included 13 forms in the genus (search database for “Leptosiaphos SCHMIDT 1943” to see them).|
|Comment||Specimens of this species from Musosa, on the Zambian border to Zaire midway between Lakes Tanganyika and Mweru, have been collected by H.J. Bredo in 1939 (Witte 1953). There are no other records from Shaba Province. Broadley (1998) stated that “it seems likely that these specimens werre mislabelled”.|
Type species: Lygosoma meleagris BOULENGER 1907 is the type species of the genus Leptosiaphos SCHMIDT 1943.
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