Paracontias hafa ANDREONE & GREER, 2002
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Paracontias hafa?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Paracontias hafa ANDREONE & GREER 2002|
Paracontias hafa — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Type locality: collected at Anjanaharibe-Sud Massif, Analabe Valley, Campsite W1, Befandriana Fivondronana, Mahajanga Faritany (Majunga Province),
14°46'S, 49°27'E, 1000-1100m.
|Types||Holotype: MRSN R1825|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Differs from all other species of Paracontias (as conceived by Brygoo, 1980b) in the following combination of characters: frontal hourglass-shaped, i.e. first supraocular constricts frontal (vs bell-shaped); supraoculars four (vs three); nasal and nostril well within extensive rostral (vs between rostral and first supralabial), and supralabials five (vs four) (Andreone et al. 2002).|
|Comment||Limb morphology: Limbless; no ear openings visible.|
|Etymology||Named after the Malagasy word `hafa' meaning `strange', `different', or `other' and is used here as a noun in apposition, stressing that this species is strange and different from the other currently known Paracontias. The phonetic rendition is: “ha”rfar (accented syllables in quotes).|