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Melanoseps longicauda TORNIER, 1900

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesPangani Black Limbless Skink, Longtail Limbless Skink 
SynonymMelanoseps ater var. longicauda TORNIER 1900: 602
Melanoseps ater var. longicauda — LOVERIDGE 1923: 963
Melanoseps ater longicauda — BRYGOO & ROUX-ESTÈVE 1982: 1170
Melanoseps longicauda — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 14
Melanoseps longicauda — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Melanoseps longicauda — BROADLEY et al. 2006
Melanoseps longicauda — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 172 
DistributionNE Tanzania.

Type locality: Masailand and “Karagwe am Pangani” = Lorogwe, Pangani River, Tanzania.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZMB 16900 
Diagnosis 
Commentlimbless.

Abundance: Melanoseps ater longicauda is known from only 2 specimens (BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991), and another one reported by BROADLEUY 1999: 36.

BROADLEY et al. (2006) do not recognize the subspecies matengoensis and misukuensis and synonymize the with ater.

Similar species: M. rondoensis. 
Etymology 
References
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Broadley, Donald G. 1999. Melanoseps longicauda. African Herp News (30): 36
  • 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
  • Brygoo E R; Roux-Esteve R 1982. Un genre de lezards scincines d'Afrique: Melanoseps. Bulletin du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle SECTION A ZOOLOGIE BIOLOGIE ET ECOLOGIE ANIMALES 3 (4) 1981: 1169-1191
  • Loveridge, A. 1923. Notes on East African lizards collected 1920-1923 with the description of two new races of Agama lionotus Blgr. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1923: 935-969 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Tornier, G. 1900. Neue Liste der Crocodile, Schildkröten und Eidechsen Deutsch-Ost-Afrikas. Zool. Jahrb. Syst. 13: 579-618 - get paper here
 
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