Mochlus simonettai (LANZA, 1979)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Mochlus simonettai?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Lygosominae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Simonetta's Writhing Skink|
|Synonym||Lygosoma simonettai LANZA 1979|
Lygosoma simonettai — LANZA 1988: 423
Type locality: about 6 km E of Afgoi (about 02°06'N, 45°11'E, SE Somalia)
|Types||Holotype: MZUF 22245, haf-grown female|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. An apparently medium-sized (body length of the larg- est c:f: 88 mm) Lygosoma (sensu G R E E R , 1977) with: lower eyelid with a large undivided disk; frontoparietals paired; supranasal completely separate from the nasal; supranasals meeting medially; pentadactyle limbs; head black, neck whitish to hazel, trunk and tail dorsally very dark, with close whitish dots in life (brown with dark and light dots in alcohol); tail a little shorter than head+body; 24 to, usually, 26; smooth scales round the body, midway between axilla and groin; 81-86 scales between the 1st pair of chin-shields and the precloacal shields.|
|Etymology||Named afer “my friend and Colleague Prof. Alberto M. Simonetta, a passionate student of Somali wildlife to whom the Zoological Museum of Florence is indebted for some of its finest material.”|
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