Scolecoseps boulengeri LOVERIDGE, 1920
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Scolecoseps boulengeri?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Boulenger's Limbless Skink|
|Synonym||Scolecoseps boulengeri LOVERIDGE 1920: 159|
Scolecoseps boulengeri — BROADLEY 1995
Type locality: Lumbo, north Mozambique coast.
|Types||Syntypes: BMNH 1922.214.171.124-92 (formerly 19126.96.36.199-43), Lambo, Portuguese East Africa, presented A. Loveridge. Described from six specimens, but only the two BMNH specimens are listed in the description as types.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus): Skull characters: Palatines widely separated; palatal rami of pterygoids expanded slightly toward midline and deeply emarginated posteriorly, somewhat as in Melanoseps; pterygoid teeth absent. Postorbital bone absent; supratemporal arch weak and fenestra obliterated by apposition of bones in arch with parietal bone; twelve maxillary teeth. External characters: External naris in a large rostral and connected with the posterior edge of the rostral through a horizontal suture somewhat as in Typhlaeontias (Scincinae) or the subfamily Acontinae. Interparietal large, touching supraoculars; a pair of supranasals meeting behind rostral; no external ear opening; limbless [from GREER 1970].|
Loveridge (1920) distinguished Scolecoseps from Melanoseps by the position of the nostril, which in the latter is pierced between the rostral and first supralabial.
|Comment||Type species: Scolecoseps boulengeri LOVERIDGE 1920 is the type species of the genus Scolecoseps LOVERIDGE 1920.|
|Etymology||Named after George Albert Boulenger (1858 - 1937), herpetologist at the British Museum of Natural History, London.|
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