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Melanoseps emmrichi BROADLEY, 2006

IUCN Red List - Melanoseps emmrichi - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Uluguru limbless skink 
SynonymMelanoseps emmrichi BROADLEY in BROADLEY, WHITING & BAUER 2006
Melanoseps loveridgei — SPAWLS et al. 2002: 126 (part)
Melanoseps emmrichi — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 171 
DistributionTanzania (Uluguru mountains, 1500-1650 m elevation)

Type locality: Bondwa, Uluguru Mountains (06° 54’ S; 37° 40’ E).  
TypesHolotype: NMZB 10143 
CommentDiagnostic characters separating M. emmrichi from all other East African members of the genus include: lack of nasal or postnasal, nostril and supranasal both in contact with the first labial, midbody scale rows 24-26, and subcaudals 36-45 (Broadley et al., 2006). 
Etymologynamed after the collector of the holotype, Dietmar Emmrich. 
  • Broadley, Donald G., Alison S. Whiting and Aaron M. Bauer 2006. A revision of the East African species of Melanoseps Boulenger (Sauria: Scincidae: Feylininae). African Journal of Herpetology 55 (2):95-112. - get paper here
  • Rödder, Dennis; Dario Trautmann and Wolfgang Böhme 2009. Notes on the reproductive mode of Melanoseps emmrichi Broadley 2006. Herpetology Notes 2: 17-19 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
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