Panaspis seydeli (DE WITTE, 1933)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Panaspis seydeli?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Seydel‟s snake-eyed skink|
|Synonym||Ablepharus seydeli DE WITTE 1933: 187|
Ablepharus seydeli — DE WITTE 1933: 78
Ablepharus moeruensis DE WITTE 1933: 187
Ablepharus smithii DE WITTE 1936
Afroablepharus seydeli — GREER 1974
Ablepharus smithi — FITCH 1981
Panaspis smithi — JACOBSEN & BROADLEY 2000: 68
Panaspis seydeli — BROADLEY & COTTERILL 2004
Panaspis smithi — BROADLEY & COTTERILL 2004
Panaspis smithi — BRANCH 2008
Panaspis seydeli — MEDINA et al. 2016
|Distribution||Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo), N Zambia|
Type locality: “Elisabethville” [= Lubumbashi, Katanga Province, DRC, ~ 11°41'S 27°29'E]
moeruensis: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Type locality: “Kilwa (Lac Moero)” [= Lake Mweru, SE DRC], 9°00′S 28°43′E.
|Types||Holotype: RMCA (= MRAC) 7677 (originally: R. G. Musée du Congo)|
Holotype: RMCA (= MRAC) 8587 (was R. G. Musée du Congo) [moeruensis]
|Comment||Status unclear. Not listed in BROADLEY 1998 for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Broadley (1989) also suggested to include Afroblepharus seydeli in the synonymy of A. tancredii, based on the same number of midbody scale rows (20-22) and prefrontals in broad contact.|
Has been confused with Panaspis smithii (see BROADLEY 1989; BROADLEY 2001, pers. comm. considers P. smithii as valid species).
Panaspis smithii, The Upemba Snake-eyed Skink is probably endemic to the P.N.U. and environs at low altitudes (Witte 1953). It is readily distinguished from P. seydeli by having the prefrontals separated or meeting at a point and having 24-26 midbody scale rows. It also resembles P. wahlbergii in having white lateral stripes. In his list of material, Witte (1936) included MRAC 6774 from Lodja, in northern Kasai province 600 km northwest of the P.N.U., but in view of the wide gap, this specimen should be re-examined [BROADLEY & COTTERILL 2004].
|Etymology||Afroablepharus seydeli has been named after the collector of the type, M. Seydel. |
Ablepharus moeruensis was named after the type locality, Lac Moero (= Lake Mweru].