You are here » home advanced search Scelotes mossambicus

Scelotes mossambicus (PETERS, 1882)

IUCN Red List - Scelotes mossambicus - Least Concern, LC

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Scelotes mossambicus?

Add your own observation of
Scelotes mossambicus »

Find more photos by Google images search: Google images

Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesMozambique Dwarf Burrowing Skink 
SynonymHerpetosaura inornata var. mossambica PETERS 1882: 81
Herpetosaura arenicola BOCAGE 1882: 287 (not PETERS)
Scelotes arenicola BOCAGE 1896: 88 (not PETERS)
Scelotes guentheri OHDNER 1908 (part., not BOULENGER)
Scelotes mossambicus (PETERS 1882)
Scelotes brevipes HEWITT 1925: 348
Herpetosaura brevipes — WITTE & LAURENT 1943
Herpetosaura inornata — WITTE & LAURENT 1943 (part.)
Scelotes brevipes — ELZEN & RAYNAUD 1977
Scelotes inornatus mossambicus — BRUTON & HAACKE 1980
Scelotes inornatus inornatus VISSER 1984: 75 (not A. SMITH; fide BROADLEY)
Scelotes brevipes — BOYCOTT 1992
Scelotes mossambicus — BRAODLEY 1994
Scelotes mossambicus — BATES et al. 2014: 279 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (SE Transvaal, Zululand), S Mozambique, Swaziland

Type locality: “Manixe (Manische) [=Maxixe] bei Inhambane” [Mozambique].  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 4624 
CommentThis species lost its forelimb entirely and retains only two digits on the hind limb. 
  • 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.; Günther,R. & Klipfel,M. 1995. The herpetological contributions of Wilhelm C.H. Peters (1815-1883). SSAR Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, 714 pp.
  • Bocage, J.V.B. de 1882. Noticia ácerca de alguns reptis d’Angoche que existem no Museu Nacional de Lisboa. Jornal de Sciencias Mathematicas, Physicas e Naturaes 8: 256-290
  • Bocage, J.V.B. de 1896. Reptis de algumas possessoes portuguezas d’Africa que existem no Museu de Lisboa. Jornal de Sciencias Mathematicas, Physicas e Naturaes (ser. 2) 4: 65-104
  • Boycott, R.C. 1992. An Annotated Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Swaziland. The Conservation Trust of Swaziland - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Bruton & HAACKE 1980. Studies on the Ecology of Maputoland. 254 pp.
  • de 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.
  • Elzen, P. Van Den; Raynaud, A. 1977. Untersuchungen zur Ökologie südafrikanischer Scinciden der Gattung Scelotes. Erste Ergebnisse. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 28: 384-393 - get paper here
  • Hewitt, J. 1925. On some new species of Reptiles and Amphibians from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. (Grahamstown) 3: 343-370
  • Odhner, T. 1908. Reptilien und Batrachier, gesammelt von Dr. I. Trägardh in Natal und Zululand, 1904-1905. Arkiv för Zoologi 4 (18): 1-7
  • Peters,W. 1882. Naturwissenschaftliche Reise nach Mossambique auf Befehl seiner Majestät es Königs Friedrich Wilhelm IV. in den Jahren 1842 bis 1848 ausgefeführt von Wilhelm C. Peters. Zoologie III. Amphibien. Berlin (Reimer), 191pp.
External links  
Is it interesting? Share with others:

Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator