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Scelotes mirus (ROUX, 1907)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Montane Dwarf Burrowing Skink 
SynonymHerpetosaura mira ROUX 1907
Herpetosaura mira — WITTE & LAURENT 1943: 26
Scelotes mira — HEWITT 1921
Scelotes mira — JACOBSEN 1987
Herpetosaura mira — DAAN & HILLENIUS 1966: 131
Scelotes mirus — BROADLEY 1994
Scelotes mirus — WHITING et al. 2003
Scelotes mirus — BATES et al. 2014: 278
Scelotes mirus — RAW 2022 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (E Transvaal, Drakensberg, Wolkberg, Steenkampsberg, south to N Natal), Swaziland.

Type locality: Transvaal  
TypesLectotype: ZMA.RENA 11036. Designation by Daan & Hillenius (1966). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Broadley 1994: 243 
CommentGroup: Belongs to the monotypic S. mirus group. 
EtymologyThe species epithet mirus is a Latin adjective, meaning unexpected finding or surprise, apparently referring to the unexpected discovery of this species. 
  • 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.
  • Bourquin, O. 1977. The Transvaal Montane skink - a new record for Natal. Lammergeyer 23: 48
  • Branch,W.R. 1988. Field Guide to the snakes and other reptiles of southern Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town, 328 pp.
  • 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.
  • Daan, S. & Hillenius,D. 1966. Catalogue of the type specimens of amphibians and reptiles in the Zoological Museum, Amsterdam. Beaufortia 13: 117-144
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • 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
  • Mausfeld,P.; Vences, M. Schmitz, A. & Veith, M. 2000. First data on the molecular phylogeography of scincid lizards of the genus Mabuya. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 17 (1): 11-14 - get paper here
  • Raw, Lynn R. G. 2022. Historical and Current Misuse of Gender Agreement in the Names of South African Lizard Species. ZooNova 18: 1-5
  • Roux,J. 1907. Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Fauna von Süd-Afrika. Ergebnisse einer Reise von Prof. Max Weber im Jahre 1894. VII. Lacertilia (Eidechsen). Zool. Jahrb., Abt. Syst., Geogr. Biol. Tiere (Jena), 25: 403-444 - get paper here
  • Whiting, A.S.; Aaron M. Bauer and Jack W. Sites, Jr. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships and limb loss in sub-Saharan African scincine lizards (Squamata: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 29 (3): 582-598 - get paper here
  • Witte, G.F. & R. LAURENT 1943. Contribution à la systématique des formes dégradées de la famille des Scincidae apparentées au genre Scelotes Fitzinger. Mém. Mus. r. Hist. nat. Belg. (sér.2) 26: 44 pp.
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