Paracontias manify ANDREONE & GREER, 2002
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Paracontias manify ANDREONE & GREER 2002|
Paracontias manify — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Type locality: collected at Antsahamanara, Manarikoba Forest, RNI de Tsaratanana, Marovato Fivondronana, Antsiranana Faritany (Diégo
Suarez Province), 14°02.55'S, 48°46.79'E, elevation about 1000 m.
|Reproduction||oviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: MRSN R1887|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A species of the endemic Malagasy genus Paracontias as conceived by Brygoo (1980b) but differing from the other species in the genus in the following combination of characters: frontal bell-shaped (vs hourglass-shaped) and supraoculars four (vs three) (Andreone et al. 2002).|
Comparison with similar species: Paracontias manify is similar to three other species in the genus in having a bell-shaped frontal and the members of the anterior pair of chin scales separated: P. brocchi, P. rothschildi and P. tsararano. However, it differs from these three species in having supraoculars four instead of three. It differs further from P. brocchi and P. rothschildi in having the small nasal scale entirely surrounded by the rostral instead of between the rostral and first supralabial, and postsuboculars two instead of one. It differs further from P. brocchi in having only 22 longitudinal scale rows at mid-body instead of 26 (Brygoo, 1980b); presacral vertebrae 59 instead of 63±64 (Brygoo, 1980b), and cervical vertebrae seven instead of eight. It differs further from P. rothschildi in having the total number of nuchals 2 instead of ! 2 (4), and presacral vertebrae 59 instead of 46 (Brygoo, 1980b). It differs further from P. tsararano in having pretemporal separated from parietal instead of in contact, and third pair of chin scales divided instead of entire (Andreone et al. 2002).
|Comment||Limb morphology: Limbless; no ear openings visible.|
Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||Named after the Malagasy word `manify', which means `thin' or `slim', in reference to the general aspect of this species. It is treated as an indeclinable noun. The species name is pronounced: mah-nee-fee.|
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