Scelotes limpopoensis FITZSIMONS, 1930
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Subspecies||Scelotes limpopoensis albiventris JACOBSEN 1987|
Scelotes limpopoensis limpopoensis FITZSIMONS 1930
|Common Names||Limpopo Dwarf Burrowing Skink|
albiventris: White-Bellied Dwarf Burrowing Skink
|Synonym||Scelotes 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
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (Limpopo River valley, N Transvaal), S Zimbabwe, Botswana|
albiventris: N Transvaal.
Type locality: Messina, Northern Transvaal.
|Types||Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 13183|
Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 37977, collector N. H. G. Jacobsen, 18 March 1970, [albiventris]
|Diagnosis||DESCRIPTION. Snout obtuse, projecting only slightly beyond labial margin; eye eye moderate; lower eyelid with an undivided transparent disc; ear-opening small, but plainly visible externally; supra-nasals meeting in middle line, separated from first labial by a small post-nasal; fronto-nasal roughly heptagonal, much broader than long, in wide contact with frontal; frontal more or less bell-shaped, anterior edge straight and posterior convex, almost as broad as long, and just slightly eas than twice 385 long as fronto-nasal; four supraoculars, first by far the largest: five supra-ciliaries; interparietal large, much broader than long. slightly shorter, but considerably broader than frontal; parietals narrow and band-like, meeting in middle line behind interparietal, in contact with last supra-ocular; adjacent to parietals are two temporals, the inferior in contact with last labial; seven upper labials, fourth entering orbit, not longer than second and third together. 'Twenty scales round middle of body. Fore limb tridactyle, very small and rudimentary, 3 quarter as long as its distance from the snout; hind limb about three times as long as fore limb, tetradactyle, first digit minute, progressing in size to the fourth which is by far the longest, all digits clawed; tail slightly shorter than head and body. (FITZSIMONS 1930)|
Colour. (Spirit specimen.) Dorsally sepia, scales with darker centres; a wide, well-defined lateral band, light buff in colour, runs from snout through supra-oculars, and down body, fading out over posterior half of tail; rostral with a large, light-coloured spot, just anterior to confluence of lateral bands; flanks darker than dorsal surface, scales more intensely infuscated. Ventrally scales lightly infuscated, more heavily under tail; chin whitish. (FITZSIMONS 1930)
|Comment||Limb morphology: Forelimb with 3 digits but very small and rudimentary, hindlimb with 4 toes.|
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|
S. l. albiventris was named after the immaculate ventrum of the new subspecies which is characteristic, as opposed to the speckled ventrum of the nominate subspecies.
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