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Scelotes poensis BOCAGE, 1895

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymScelotes poensis BARBOZA DU BOCAGE 1895: 12
Melanoseps poensis — BRYGOO & ROUX-ESTEVE 1982
Melanoseps poensis — SÁNCHEZ-VIALAS et al. 2022 
DistributionEquatorial Guinea (Bioko = Fernando Po)

Type locality: base of Pic de Santa Isabel, Fernando Po  
TypesHolotype: lost, was MB (Museu Bocage) (probably lost in fire 1978) 
CommentScelotes poensis is missing both forelimbs AND hindlimbs (Danny Meirte, pers. comm., 12 Apr 2013).

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024.

Distribution: For a map with localities in Equatorial Guinea see SÁNCHEZ-VIALAS et al. 2022. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Bocage, J.V.B. du 1895. Reptiles et batracines nouveaux ou peu connu de Fernâo do Po. J. Sci. math.-phys. nat., Lisboa, (2) 13: 16-20
  • Bocage, J.V.B. du 1895. Subsidios para a fauna da ilha de Fernâo do Po. J. Sci. math.-phys. nat., Lisboa, (2) 13: 12
  • Brygoo E R; Roux-Esteve R 1982. Un genre de lezards scincines d'Afrique: Melanoseps. Bulletin du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle SECTION A ZOOLOGIE BIOLOGIE ET ECOLOGIE ANIMALES 3 (4) 1981: 1169-1191
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • SÁNCHEZ-VIALAS, A., CALVO-REVUELTA, M. & DE LA RIVA, I. 2022. Synopsis of the terrestrial Reptiles of Equatorial Guinea. Zootaxa 5202 (1): 1-197 - 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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