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Mochlus laeviceps (PETERS, 1874)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Lygosominae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesCommon Writhing Skink 
SynonymEuprepes (Tiliqua) laeviceps PETERS 1874: 371
Lygosoma laeviceps — BOULENGER 1896
Lygosoma laeviceps — GREER et al. 1985
Mochlus laeviceps — IUCN 2018 
DistributionSomalia, Ethiopia

Type locality: “Barawa”  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZMB 8218 
Diagnosis 
CommentLygosoma laeviceps paedocarinatum has been elevated to full species status.

Boulenger (1896) thought that Sepacontias modestus (GÜNTHER 1880) represents the adult form of Lygosoma laeviceps (PETERS 1874) which he thought were juveniles. 
Etymology 
References
  • Boulenger, George Albert 1896. Report on Capt. Bottego's second collection of reptiles and batrachians from Somaliland. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova Serie 2, 17: 15-23, 1 plate - get paper here
  • Greer A E; Grandison A G C; Barbault R 1985. A new species of Lygosoma (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from west Africa, with comments on its biology. Journal of Herpetology 19 (3): 365-372 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988]
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1874. Über einige neue Reptilien (Lacerta, Eremias, Diploglossus, Euprepes, Lygosoma, Sepsina, Ablepharus, Simotes, Onychocephalus). Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1874 (Juni): 368-377 - get paper here
 
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