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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesScelotes limpopoensis albiventris JACOBSEN 1987
Scelotes limpopoensis limpopoensis FITZSIMONS 1930 
Common NamesLimpopo Dwarf Burrowing Skink
albiventris: White-Bellied Dwarf Burrowing Skink 
SynonymScelotes limpopoensis FITZSIMONS 1930: 35
Scelotes limpopoensis — AUERBACH 1987: 103
Scelotes limpopoensis limpopoensis — BATES et al. 2014: 277

Scelotes limpopoensis albiventris JACOBSEN 1987
Scelotes limpopoensis albiventris — BATES et al. 2014: 277 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Limpopo River valley, N Transvaal), S Zimbabwe, Botswana

albiventris: N Transvaal.

Type locality: Messina, Northern Transvaal.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 13183
Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 37977, collector N. H. G. Jacobsen, 18 March 1970, [albiventris] 
Diagnosis 
CommentThis species lost its forelimb entirely and retains only two digits on the hind limb. 
Etymology 
References
  • Auerbach, R.D. 1987. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Botswana. Mokwepa Consultants, Botswana, 295 pp.
  • 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.
  • Broadley, D. G., G. V. Haagner and A. J. L. Lambris. 1997. Geographic distribution. Scelotes limpopoensis limpopoensis. African Herp News (26):32-33. - get paper here
  • CONRADIE, W., ENGELBRECHT, H., HERREL, A., MEASEY, G.J., NIELSEN, S.V., V ANHOOYDONCK, B., & TOLLEY, K.A. 2011. Reptile survey of Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province - South Africa. African Herp News (55): 6-12 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V. F. 1930. Descriptions of new South African Reptilia and Batrachia, with distribution records of allied species in the Transvaal Museum collection. Ann. Transvaal Mus. 14: 20-48.
  • Jacobsen,N.H.G. 1987. A new subspecies of Scelotes limpopoensis FITZSIMONS 1930 (Sauria: Scincidae), with notes on the distribution of the genus Scelotes in the Transvaal. Ann. Transvaal Mus. 34: 371-376
  • Kirchhof, S., M. Krämer, J. Linden & K. Richter 2010. The reptile species assemblage of the Soutpansberg (Limpopo Province, South Africa) and its characteristics. Salamandra 46 (3): 147-166 - get paper here
 
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