Scelotes insularis BROADLEY, 1990
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Scelotes insularis?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Scelotes arenicola insularis BROADLEY 1990: 476|
Scelotes insularis — BROADLEY 1994
Scelotes insularis — JACOBSEN et al. 2010
|Distribution||Mozambique (Bazaruto Archipelago: Bazaruto, Magaruque, Santa Carolina)|
Type locality: Ponhta Chinhongue, Benguerua Island, Mozambique.
|Types||Holotype: NMZB 10027|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: This insular race differs from the typical form in its smaller size (adults 57-64 mm, compared with 68-88 mm in the typical form), lower ventral counts|
(84-89 versus 95-108) and darker colouration [from Broadley 1990].
Diagnosis: see also Broadley 1994: 256.
|Comment||Group: Belongs to the S. arenicola group.|
Limb morphology: Limbless (Branch 1998: 143).
|Etymology||Apparently named after Benguerua Island where the species was found. The etymology was not explicitly mentioned by Broadley.|