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Scincopus fasciatus (PETERS, 1864)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesScincopus fasciatus fasciatus (PETERS 1864)
Scincopus fasciatus melanocephalus LANZA & CORSI 1981 
Common NamesE: Peters' Banded Skink 
SynonymScincus (Scincopus) fasciatus PETERS 1864: 45
Cyclodus brandtii STRAUCH 1866
Scincus fasciatus — BOULENGER 1887
Scincopus fasciatus — DOUMERGUE 1901
Scincopus fasciatus — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 356
Scincopus fasciatus — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Scincopus fasciatus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008

Scincopus fasciatus melanocephalus LANZA & CORSI 1981
Scincopus fasciatus melanocephalus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionMorocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Western Sahara,
Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Libya, Sahara

Type locality: Geryville (Oran) in Algerien” [Algeria].

melanocephalus: from Red Sea coast in Sudan; Type locality: Suakin (= Sawakin), NE Sudan, 19° 07’ N, 37° 20’ E).  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 3890
Holotype: BMNH [melanocephalus]
Holotype: ZISP 372, “Africa septentrionalis”. Leg.: L. Parreyss, 1839 [Cyclodus brandtii] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis of the genus Scincopus (fide GRIFFITH et al. 2000): 26 presacral vertebrae. Heavy limbs with robust pes, expanded lamellae on digits and phalanges, short tail. Head large and conical, dorsally convex in lateral view, parietal bone with clear lateral indentations and supratemporal fontanelle open. Sexual dimorphism in head proportions not distinct. Large eye with vertically elliptical pupil. Scales thick, separated by deep sutures. Two loreals, two presuboculars (first fused with second loreal). Postnasal present. Palpebral and superciliary scales separated by groove. Four pairs of nuchal scales. Fused mid-dorsal scale rows, may be interrupted by one or a few pairs of broadened, paired scales. Medial preanal scales overlie lateral preanal scales. Two large, triangular ear lobules cover ear opening. Yellow or orange dorsally, with seven or eight broad black bands, equally spaced from nuchal region to tip of tail. From Saharan Africa. 
CommentType Species: Scincus fasciatus PETERS 1864 is the type species of the genus Scincopus. 
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