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Melanoseps loveridgei BRYGOO & ROUX-ESTÈVE, 1982

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesLoveridge’s limbless skink 
SynonymMelanoseps loveridgei BRYGOO & ROUX-ESTÈVE 1982: 1183
Melanoseps ater — Loveridge 1933: 326 (part, not Günther)
Melanoseps loveridgei — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 14
Melanoseps loveridgei — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Melanoseps loveridgei — BROADLEY et al. 2006
Melanoseps loveridgei — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 173 
DistributionS Tanzania, NE Zambia

Type locality: Liwale, Tanzania.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1961.744 
DiagnosisDiagnosis.—This is a wide-ranging savannah species intermediate in both size and scale counts between the large montane forest forms of theM. atergroup and the dwarfed forms of the M. rondoensis group, which inhabit coastal forests. Midbody scale rows 17-22; ventrals 130-149; subcaudals 42-52. Snout-vent/tail length ratio 2.68-3.97 [from BROADLEY et al. 2006]. 
Commentlimbless. 
EtymologyNamed after Arthur Loveridge (1891 - 1980), American herpetologist. 
References
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  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • 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
  • Lyakurwa, John Valentine 2017. The Reptiles of the Uzungwa Scarp Forest Reserve (USFR): An Updated Checklist with Notes on Dagger-Tooth Vine Snake Xyelodontophis uluguruensis. Journal of East African Natural History 106(2):57-65. - get paper here
  • Malonza, Vincent; Beryl A. Bwong, Vincent Muchai 2011. Kitobo Forest of Kenya, a unique hotspot of herpetofaunal divers. Acta Herpetologica 6 (2): 149-160 - get paper here
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  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Wagner, Philipp; Donald G. Broadley, and Aaron M. Bauer 2012. A New Acontine Skink from Zambia (Scincidae: Acontias Cuvier, 1817). Journal of Herpetology 46 (4): 494-502. - get paper here
  • Williams E E 1982. Arthur Loveridge—A Life in Retrospect. Breviora (471): 1-12 - get paper here
 
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