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Lygosoma lanceolatum BROADLEY, 1990

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Lygosominae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesBroadley's Writhing Skink 
SynonymLygosoma lanceolatum BROADLEY 1990 
DistributionBazaruto Archipelago (Mozambique)

Type locality. Benguerua Island, Mozambique.  
TypesHolotype: NMZB 10031 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Lower eyelid scaly; pterygoid teeth present; frontoparietals paired; a discrete supranasal above an entire nasal shield; digits pentadactyle; dorsal scales tricarinate in juveniles, becoming smooth in adults, 24-26 midbody scale rows; four supralabials anterior to subocular; one or two lanceolate lobules on upper ~nterior border of ear opening; subdigitallamellae beneath fourth toe 15-18, beneath fIfth toe 9-11. Maximum recorded snout-vent length 100 mm. Light grey brown above, the lateral scales dark-tipped; vent rum white. 
EtymologyThe name lanceolatum refers to the long lanceolate ear lobule which is diagnostic for this species. 
  • Broadley D G 1990. The herpetofaunas of the islands off the coast of south Mocambique. Arnoldia Zimbabwe 9 (35): 469-493
  • Broadley, D G. 1994. A review of Lygosoma Hardwicke and Gray 1827 (Reptilia Scincidae) on the East African Coast, with the description of a new species. Tropical Zoology 7 (1): 217-222. - get paper here
  • Jacobsen, Niels H.G.; Errol W. Pietersen & Darren W. Pietersen 2010. A preliminary herpetological survey of the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary on the San Sebastian Peninsula, Vilankulo, Mozambique. Herpetology Notes 3: 181-193 - get paper here
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