Panaspis tancredi (BOULENGER, 1909)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Panaspis tancredi?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Ethiopian Snake-Eyed Skink|
|Synonym||Ablepharus tancredi BOULENGER 1909|
Ablepharus anselli FITZSIMONS 1955 (fide FUHN 1964)
Afroablepharus tancredi — GREER 1974
Panaspis tancredii — BROADLEY 1998
Panaspis tancredi — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 407
Type locality: Dabarif (? = Dabarik or Debarek, 13°08’N 37°55’E) [Ethiopia]
anselli: Zambia; Type locality: “Kabomoo, Northern Rhodesia” [= Zambia]
|Types||Holotype: MSNG 27780|
Holotype: National Museum of Southern Rhodesia 430 [anselli]
|Comment||Synonymy: Not listed in the Zoological Record of 1909. Broadley (1989) suggested to include Afroblepharus seydeli in the synonymy of A. tancredii. BROADLEY (2001, pers. comm.) also suggested to include Ablepharus anselli FITZSIMONS 1955 in the synonymy of A. seydeli; according to him “it seems likely that P. tancredii is endemic to Ethiopia and A. anselli and A. moeruensis de Witte 1933 are synonyms of P. seydeli”).|
This species is known from only one specimen of unclear origin (LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010).
Distribution: Broadley 1998 reported P. tancredi from S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire); this seems to be by mistake if Largen & Spawls 2010 are correct in that there is only one known specimen (from Ethiopia).
Etymology: A. anselli has been named after Mr Ansell “of the Northern Rhodesia Game and Tsetse Control Department” near whose house the type was collected.
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