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Scelotes montispectus BAUER, WHITING, SADLIER, 2003

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesBloubergstrand Dwarf Burrowing Skink 
SynonymScelotes montispectus BAUER, WHITING, SADLIER 2003
Scelotes montispectus — BATES et al. 2014: 278 
DistributionSouth Africa (near Cape Town)

Type locality: Approximately 4.6 km north of Grootbaai, Bloubergstrand on Melkbos Rd, 33°45’02’’S, 18°26’34’’E  
TypesHolotype: CAS 223934, California Academy of Sciences 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is derived from the Latin, montis, meaning mountain, and spectus, behold, in reference to the type locality, which offers some of the finest views of Table Mountain. 
  • 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.
  • Bauer, A.M., Whiting, A.S., and Sadlier, R.A. 2003. A new species of Scelotes, from near Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 54:231-237. - get paper here
  • Heideman, Neil J.L.; Daniel G. Mulcahy, Jack W. Sites, Martin G.J. Hendricks, Savel R. Daniels 2011. Cryptic diversity and morphological convergence in threatened species of fossorial skinks in the genus Scelotes (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Western Cape Coast of South Africa: Implications for species boundaries, digit reduction and conservation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 61 (3): 823-833 - get paper here
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