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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesSepsina tetradactyla tetradactyla PETERS 1874
Sepsina tetradactyla hemptinnei WITTE 1933 
Common NamesE: Four-fingered Skink 
SynonymSepsina (Rhinoscincus) tetradactyla PETERS 1874: 374
Scelotes tetradactylus — LOVERIDGE 1955: 174
Scelotes tetradactylus — LOVERIDGE 1957: 221
Sepsina tetradactyla — BROADLEY 1998
Sepsina tetradactyla — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Sepsina tetradactyla — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 167
Sepsina tetradactyla — PIETERSEN et al. 2021

Sepsina tetradactyla hemptinnei WITTE 1933
Sepsina Hemptinnei WITTE 1933: 188
Sepsina hemptinnei — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1942
Sepsina tetradactyla hemptinnei — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 14
Sepsina hemptinnei — BRANCH 2008 
DistributionTanzania, Malawi, Zambia, S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

tetradactyla: E Tanzania, south to Malawi

hemptinnei: W Tanzania (near Ujiji), west to Congo (Zaire); Type locality: Lukafu, Kundelungu, Shaba Province, Zaire.

Type locality: Zanzibar coast = Tanzania [tetradactyla]  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 8047
Holotype: RMCA (= MRAC) (R. G. Musée du Congo) 8433 [hemptinnei] 
CommentLimb morphology: Reduced limbs. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “tetra” = four, and “dactylus” = digit. Sepsina tetradactyla hemptinnei has been named after “Son Excellence Révérendissime Monseigneur DE HEMPTINNE, Vicaire Apostolique du Katanga. Je tiens à lui exprimer ici ma vive reconnaissance pour l'aide si efficace qu'il a bien voulu m'apporter dans l'accomplissement de ma mIssion.” (de WITTE 1933). 
  • Bauer, A.M.; Günther,R. & Klipfel,M. 1995. The herpetological contributions of Wilhelm C.H. Peters (1815-1883). SSAR Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, 714 pp.
  • Broadley, D. G. 1973. Addenda and corrigenda to “The reptiles and amphibians of Zambia”. The Puku, Occas. Pap. Dept. Wild. Fish. Natl. Parks Zambia No. 7: 93-95
  • 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. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • Loveridge, A. 1955. On a second collection of reptiles and amphibians taken in Tanganyika Territory by C. J. P. lonides,. Journ. E. Africa Nat. Hist. Soc. 22: 169-198
  • Loveridge, A. 1957. Check list of the reptiles and amphibians of east Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika, Zanzibar). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 117 (2): 153-362 - get paper here
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1874. Über einige neue Reptilien (Lacerta, Eremias, Diploglossus, Euprepes, Lygosoma, Sepsina, Ablepharus, Simotes, Onychocephalus). Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1874 (Juni): 368-377 - get paper here
  • Pietersen, Darren, Verburgt, Luke & Davies, John 2021. Snakes and other reptiles of Zambia and Malawi. Struik Nature / Penguin Random House South Africa, 376 pp., ISBN 9781775847373
  • 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
  • Witte, G. F. de 1933. Description de Reptiles nouveaux provenant du Katanga (1930-31). Rev. Zool. Bot. afr., Bruxelles, 23 (2): 185-192
  • Witte, G. F. de & R. LAURENT 1942. Contribution à la Faune Herpétologique du Congo belge. Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 36 (2): 101-115
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