Scolecoseps broadleyi VERBURGT, VERBURGT & BRANCH, 2018
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Scolecoseps broadleyi?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Scolecoseps broadleyi VERBURGT, VERBURGT & BRANCH 2018|
|Distribution||NE Mozambique (Cabo Delgado Province)|
Type locality: near Maganja, Palma District, Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique (10°50’08.2” S, 40°33’25.4” E).
|Types||Holotype: NMZB 17985, unsexed adult, collected by L. Verburgt on 9 December 2011. Paratypes: NMZB, PEM, six individuals, comprising three adults and three juveniles, all collected by L. Verburgt within 30 km of the holotype location, in the Palma District of Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique, between 9 December 2011 and 22 February 2014 (Table 1): NMZB 17986, same details as holotype; NMZB 17987, from near Palma, Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique (10°49’36.2” S, 40°32’43.6” E), collected on 11 December 2011; PEM R22697, same details as holotype, but collected 24 August 2013; PEM R22698, collected near Quionga, 20 km north of Palma (10°35’55.4” S, 40°29’40.8” E) on 4 December 2013; PEM R22699, collected 15 km inland from Olumbe, 20 km S of Palma (10°59’23.8” S, 40° 25’13.8” E) on 21 February 2014; and PEM R22696, collected 10 km inland from Olumbe, 20 km south of Palma (11°00’15.6” S, 40°21’47.5” E) on 22 February 2014.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis—The new species is most similar in colouration and body measurements to S. boulengeri, but differs from that species by possessing a single supraciliary and four small suboculars (all absent in S. boulengeri; Loveridge 1920). It differs from S. litipoensis in having the anterior supraciliary fused with the anterior supraocular, and having rows of dark spots on the dorsum (two supraciliaries and a uniformly black dorsum in S. litipoensis; Broadley 1995). From both of these species it differs in having a relatively smaller mental, with its posterior border not corresponding with the suture between the rostral and first labial (Fig. 2).|
It differs from the type of S. acontias in not having the frontal fused with the interparietal (Witte & Laurent 1943). The juvenile skink from Kilwa (MCZ 52483) that Loveridge (1955) assigned to S. acontias has 18 midbody scale rows, 120 ventrals, 49 subcaudals, two supra- oculars, two supraciliaries and two supralabials anterior to the subocular, with 12 brown dorsal stripes. The new species differs from this specimen and all other congeners by also possessing a higher number of subcaudal scales (58–61 compared with 49–57).
|Comment||Habitat: sandy soils with weak soil development in coastal woodland|
|Etymology||Named in honour of Donald George Broadley (1932-2016) in recognition of his numerous contributions to African herpetology. Don assisted greatly with the description of this new species.|
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