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Scolecoseps acontias (WERNER, 1913)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Sandy Limbless Skink 
SynonymMelanoseps acontias WERNER 1913: 19
Scolecoseps acontias — LOVERIDGE 1942
Scolecoseps acontias — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 15
Scolecoseps acontias — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Scolecoseps acontias — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 177 
DistributionE Tanzania (Dar es Salaam to Kilwa)

Type locality: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  
TypesHolotype: lost, was ZMH (lost fide HALLERMANN 1998). 
CommentThe status of S. acontias remains uncertain due to the inadequate description and destruction of the type specimen.

Limb morphology: Limbless. 
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Broadley, D.G. 1995. A new species of Scolecoseps (Reptilia: Scincidae) from southeastern Tanzania [S. litipoensis]. Amphibia-Reptilia 16: 241-244 - get paper here
  • Hallermann, J. 1998. Annotated catalogue of the type specimens of the herpetological collection in the Zoological Museum of the University of Hamburg. Mitt. hamb. zool. Mus. Inst 95: 197-223.
  • Loveridge, A. 1942. Scientific results of a fourth expedition to forested areas in east and central Africa. IV. Reptiles. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 91: 237-373 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Verburgt, Luke; Ursula K. Verburgt & William R. Branch 2018. A new species of Scolecoseps (Reptilia: Scincidae) from coastal north-eastern Mozambique. African Journal of Herpetology 67 (1): 86-98 - get paper here
  • Werner, F. 1913. Neue oder seltene Reptilien und Frösche des Naturhistorischen Museums in Hamburg. Reptilien der Ostafrika-Expedition der Hamburger Geographischen Gesellschaft 1911/12. Leiter: Dr. E. Obst. Reptilien und Amphibien von Formosa. Jb. Hamb. wiss. Anst., 30 [1912], 2. Beiheft: 1-39, 40-45, 45-51 - get paper here
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