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Melanoseps uzungwensis LOVERIDGE, 1942

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesUdzungwa Limbless Skink 
SynonymMelanoseps ater uzungwensis LOVERIDGE 1942: 361
Melanoseps ater uzungwensis — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 14
Melanoseps uzungwensis — BROADLEY 2000
Melanoseps uzungwensis — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Melanoseps uzungwensis — BROADLEY et al. 2006
Melanoseps uzungwensis — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 174 
DistributionTanzania (Uzungwa Mountains)

Type locality: Kigogo, Uzungwa Mountains, Tanzania  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MCZ 31076 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Alarge species, which may be distinguished from its congeners by the presence of a small crescentic nasal separating the nostril from the first labial and a posteriorly displaced postnasal which at least partially separates the supranasal from the first labial (Fig. 1). The counts for midbody scale rows (24-28) and ventrals (152-168) are the highest recorded for the genus. The only subcaudal counts available are 42 and 47. 
Comment 
Etymology 
References
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575pp. - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. 2000. Geographical Distribution: Melanoseps uzungwensis. African Herp News (31): 12-13
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Broadley, D.G. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • 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
  • Günther, A. 1873. Notes on and descriptions of some lizards with rudimentary limbs, in the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) 12: 145-148 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1942. Scientific results of a fourth expedition to forested areas in east and central Africa. IV. Reptiles. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 91: 237-373 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Rovero, F., Menegon, M., Fjeldså, J., Collett, L., Doggart, N., Leonard, C., Norton, G., Owen, N., Perkin, A., Spitale, D., Ahrends, A., Burgess, N. D. 2014. Targeted vertebrate surveys enhance the faunal importance and improve explanatory models within the Eastern Arc Mountains of Kenya and Tanzania. Diversity and Distributions. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12246 - 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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