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Proscelotes eggeli (TORNIER, 1902)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Usambara Five-toed Skink 
SynonymScelotes eggeli TORNIER 1902: 700
Scelotes eggeli — LOVERIDGE 1920: 159
Proscelotes eggeli — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 14
Proscelotes eggeli — WHITING et al. 2003
Proscelotes eggeli — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 175 
DistributionTanzania (Usambara Mountains)

Type locality: Kwai, W Usambara Mountains, Tanzania, 1600 m elevation.  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 17711 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “Hauptcharactere. Beide Gliedmaßenpaare vorhanden; 5-zehig. Keine Praefrontalia und Postfrontalia. Unteres Augenlid schuppig. 22 Schuppen quer um den Leib. Die Hintergliedmaßen, vorwärts gestreckt, reichen nicht bis zur Ohröffnung. Das fünfte Labiale stößt an's Auge. Die Schuppen der Rückenmittellinie nicht größer als die anderen Rückenschuppen” (from TORNIER 1902). 
CommentLimb morphology: Reduced limbs.

Type species: Scelotes eggeli TORNIER 1902 is the type species of the genus Proscelotes DE WITTE & LAURENT 1943. 
Etymology“Die Art ist zu Ehren des Afrikaforschers, Stabsarzt Dr. Franz Eggel (8 Feb 1867) benannt” (from TORNIER 1902). See link for details. 
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Greer, Allen E. 1970. The systematics and evolution of the Subsaharan Africa, Seychelles, and Mauritius Scincine Scincid lizards. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 140 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1920. Notes on East African lizards collected 1915-1919, with description of a new genus and species of skink and new subspecies of gecko. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1920: 131-167 - get paper here
  • Rovero, F., Menegon, M., Fjeldså, J., Collett, L., Doggart, N., Leonard, C., Norton, G., Owen, N., Perkin, A., Spitale, D., Ahrends, A., Burgess, N. D. 2014. Targeted vertebrate surveys enhance the faunal importance and improve explanatory models within the Eastern Arc Mountains of Kenya and Tanzania. Diversity and Distributions. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12246 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Tornier,G. 1902. Herpetologisch Neues aus Ostafrika. Zool. Anz. 25: 700-704 - get paper here
  • Whiting, A.S.; Aaron M. Bauer and Jack W. Sites, Jr. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships and limb loss in sub-Saharan African scincine lizards (Squamata: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 29 (3): 582-598 - get paper here
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