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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesScelotes limpopoensis albiventris JACOBSEN 1987
Scelotes limpopoensis limpopoensis FITZSIMONS 1930 
Common NamesE: Limpopo 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.  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 13183
Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 37977, collector N. H. G. Jacobsen, 18 March 1970, [albiventris] 
CommentLimb morphology: Forelimb with 3 digits but very small and rudimentary, hindlimb with 4 toes. 
EtymologyNamed 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. 
  • 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
  • Chapple, D. G., Slavenko, A., Tingley, R., Farquhar, J. E., Camaiti, M., Roll, U., & Meiri, S. 2023. Built for success: Distribution, morphology, ecology and life history of the world's skinks. Ecology and Evolution, 13, e10791 - 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. Annals Transvaal Mus. 14: 20-48. - get paper here
  • 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. Annals Transvaal Mus. 34: 371-376 - get paper here
  • 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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