Scelotes gronovii (DAUDIN, 1802)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Scelotes gronovii?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Gronovi’s Dwarf Burrowing Skink|
|Synonym||Seps gronovii DAUDIN 1802: 354|
Scelotes gronovii — BRYGOO 1985: 47
Scelotes gronovii — WHITING et al. 2003
Scelotes gronovii — BATES et al. 2014: 274
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (W Cape coast, from Doringbaai to Graafwater, Dassen Island, Robben Island)|
|Types||Syntypes: Lost (Brygoo, 1985). Description based (in part) on literature records by Linnaeus, Gronovius, Gmelin, Seba, Schneider and Laurenti, as well as one specimen in MNHN.|
|Comment||Synonymy: Listed as synonym of Scelotes bipes by BOULENGER 1887: 414.|
Limb morphology: This species lost its forelimb entirely and retains only one digit on the hind limb.
|Etymology||Named after Laurens Theodorus Gronovius (1730-1777), or simply "Laurenti", Dutch botanist and ichthyologist (not be confused with Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti).|