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Panaspis maculicollis (JACOBSON & BROADLEY, 2000)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymPanaspis maculicollis JACOBSON & BROADLEY 2000
Cryptoblepharus wahlbergii A. SMITH 1849: 10
Afroablepharus maculicollis — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Panaspis maculicollis — MEDINA et al. 2016 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa, Namibia, Angola

Type locality: Klein Tshipise, Mutale District, Northern Province, South Africa.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: TM 76922, an adult male. 
CommentDiagnosis. 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). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet refers to the spotted neck, characteristic of adult males. 
References
  • Conradie W, Bills R, and Branch WR. 2016. The herpetofauna of the Cubango, Cuito, and lower Cuando river catchments of south-eastern Angola. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 10(2) [Special Section]: 6–36 - get paper here
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Jacobson, N. H. G. & D. G. BROADLEY 2000. A new species of Panaspis COPE (Reptilia: Scincidae) from southern Africa. African Journal of Herpetology 49 (1): 61-71 - get paper here
  • Medina, Maria F.; Aaron M. Bauer, William R. Branch, Andreas Schmitz, Werner Conradie, Zoltan T. Nagy, Toby J. Hibbitts, Raffael Ernst, Daniel M. Portik, Stuart V. Nielsen, Timothy J. Colston, Chifundera Kusamba, Mathias Behangana, Mark-Oliver Rödel, 2016. Molecular phylogeny of Panaspis and Afroablepharus skinks (Squamata: Scincidae) in the savannas of sub-Saharan Africa http://dx.doi. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 100: 409–423, doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.04.026 - get paper here
  • SCHMITZ, ANDREAS; IVAN INEICH & LAURENT CHIRIO 2005. Molecular review of the genus Panaspis sensu lato (Reptilia: Scincidae) in Cameroon, with special reference to the status of the proposed subgenera. Zootaxa 863: 1–28 - get paper here
 
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