Panaspis maculicollis JACOBSON & BROADLEY, 2000
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Speckle-lipped Snake-eyed Skink, Spotted-neck Snake-eyed Skink|
|Synonym||Panaspis maculicollis JACOBSON & BROADLEY 2000|
Cryptoblepharus wahlbergii A. SMITH 1849: 10
Afroablepharus maculicollis — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Afroablepharus maculicollis — BATES et al. 2014: 256
Panaspis maculicollis — MEDINA et al. 2016
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa, NE Namibia, N Botswana, Angola, W Zimbabwe, Zambia|
Type locality: Klein Tshipise, Mutale District, Northern Province, South Africa.
|Types||Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 76922, an adult male.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A small slender species of Panaspis with an ablepharine eye; no supranasals; frontoparietals fused; mostly 26 scales at midbody and conical palmar tubercles. Males exhibit a blackish patch on the side of the neck in which vertical or diagonal lines of white spots are spaced at intervals of 2-3 scales; when in breeding condition males have orange colouration restricted to chin and throat (i.e., the converse of the colour pattern in male P wahlbergii from the Bazamto Archipelago).|
Diagnosis. Panaspis maculicollis can be distinguished from other members of the genus occurring in Angola by the following combination of characteristics: 1) absence of supranasals; 2) ablepharine eye (as defined by Greer 1974); 3) frontoparietals fused; 4) dorsum coppery-brown, with a dorsolateral light stripe extending ap- proximately to midbody, and a thin darker band starting on the temporals and extending to midbody; 5) presence of rows of light spots on the neck; 6) absence of a white ventrolateral stripe; 7) 22 to 28 midbody scales rows (usually 26) (from Ceríaco et al. 2020: 96).
|Etymology||The specific epithet refers to the spotted neck, characteristic of adult males.|
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