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Scelotes bourquini BROADLEY, 1994

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Bourquin’s Dwarf Burrowing Skink 
SynonymScelotes bourquini BROADLEY 1994
Scelotes guentheri — RAW 1973: 11 (not BOULENGER)
Scelotes guentheri — BRANCH 1988: 122 (not BOULENGER)
Scelotes bourquini — BATES et al. 2014: 272 
DistributionSouth Africa (Durban, Natal)

Type locality: Dargle, Natal.  
TypesHolotype: NMZB UM 8284 
CommentLimb morphology: This species lost its forelimb entirely and retains only two digits on the hind limb.

Group: Belongs to the S. inornatus group. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Ortwin "Orty" Bourquin (b. 1942), a South African biologist, naturalist, and herpetologist who worked for the Natal Parks Board for 30 years. 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Branch,W.R. 1988. Field Guide to the snakes and other reptiles of southern Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town, 328 pp.
  • Broadley, D. G. 1994. The genus Scelotes Fitzinger (Reptilia: Scincidae) in Mozambique, Swaziland and Natal, South Africa. Annals of the Natal Museum 35: 237-259.
  • Raw, L.R. 1973. Scelotes guentheri rediscovered?. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 10: 11-12 - get paper here
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