Scelotes capensis (SMITH, 1849)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Scelotes capensis?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Cape Burrowing Skink, Western Dwarf Burrowing Skink|
|Synonym||Gongylus capensis SMITH 1849: 10|
Seps capensis — GÜNTHER 1871: 241
Scelotes capensis — BOULENGER 1887: 412
Sepsina weberi ROUX 1907: 437 (fide FITZSIMONS 1943)
Scelotes capensis — WERNER 1910: 350
Scelotes capensis— BAUER & BRANCH 2003
Scelotes capensis — BATES et al. 2014: 273
|Distribution||S Namibia, Republic of South Africa (Little Namaqualand)|
|Types||Holotype: BMNH ? (Fitzsimons 1937: 269 states that “There are two specimens in the B.M., although Smith specifically states only possessing one. The larger of the above-mentioned specimens lacks the tail and measures 2 in. from snout to vent, just as stated in the original description, and would appear to be the type, although not claimed as such by Boulenger!”|
|Comment||This species lost its forelimb entirely and retains only two digits on the hind limb.|
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