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Scelotes insularis BROADLEY, 1990

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymScelotes arenicola insularis BROADLEY 1990: 476
Scelotes insularis — BROADLEY 1994
Scelotes insularis — JACOBSEN et al. 2010 
DistributionMozambique (Bazaruto Archipelago: Bazaruto, Magaruque, Santa Carolina)

Type locality: Ponhta Chinhongue, Benguerua Island, Mozambique.  
TypesHolotype: NMZB 10027 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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]. 
CommentGroup: Belongs to the S. arenicola group.

Limb morphology: Limbless (Branch 1998: 143). 
EtymologyApparently named after Benguerua Island where the species was found. The etymology was not explicitly mentioned by Broadley. 
  • Broadley D G 1990. The herpetofaunas of the islands off the coast of south Mocambique. Arnoldia Zimbabwe 9 (35): 469-493
  • 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.
  • Jacobsen, Niels H.G.; Errol W. Pietersen & Darren W. Pietersen 2010. A preliminary herpetological survey of the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary on the San Sebastian Peninsula, Vilankulo, Mozambique. Herpetology Notes 3: 181-193
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