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Scelotes fitzsimonsi BROADLEY, 1994

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesFitzsimons’ Dwarf Burrowing Skink 
SynonymScelotes fitzsimonsi BROADLEY 1994
Scelotes inornatus BOULENGER 1908 (not SMITH)
Scelotes inornatus mossambicus FITZSIMONS 1943: 200 (not PETERS)
Scelotes brevipes — BOURQUIN 1977: 46 (not HEWITT)
Scelotes inornatus inornatus — BRUTON & HAACKE 1980: 256 (not SMITH)
Scelotes fitzsimonsi — BATES et al. 2014: 274 
DistributionMozambique (coastal strip), Republic of South Africa (coastal NE Kwazulu-Natal)

Type locality: Kosi Bay, Zululand.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: TM (= TMSA) 861 
Diagnosis 
CommentThis species lost its forelimb entirely and retains only two digits on the hind limb. 
EtymologyNamed after Vivian F. M. Fitzsimons (1901-1975), who originally described this taxon while under the impression that it was the form described by PETERS in 1882. 
References
  • 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
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1908. On a collection of fresh-water fishes, batrachians, and reptiles from Natal and Zululand, with description of new species. Ann Natal Gov. Mus. (Pietermaritzburg) 1(3): 219-235
  • Bourquin, O. 1977. Some reptile records from north-eastern Zululand. Lammergeyer 23: 46
  • 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.
  • Bruton & HAACKE 1980. Studies on the Ecology of Maputoland. 254 pp.
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
 
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