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Typhlacontias brevipes FITZSIMONS, 1938

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Short Blind Dart Skink 
SynonymTyphlacontias brevipes FITZSIMONS 1938: 15
Fitzsimonsia brevipes — DE WITTE & LAURENT 1943: 11
Fitzsimonsia brevipes — HAACKE 1964: 8
Typhlacontias brevipes — GREER 1970
Typhlacontias brevipes — WELCH 1982: 79
Typhlacontias brevipes — WHITING et al. 2003
Typhlacontias brevipes — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionNW Namibia (Namib desert from Lüderitz Bay)

Type locality: Cape Division. Restricted to Walvisch (= Walvis) Bay, Namibia by McLachlan 1984: 17. Original origin unknown.

Localities: see list in HAACKE 1997: 144.  
TypesType SAM 508 in South African Museum, Cape Town. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Rostral large and laterally strongly notched with the small enclosed postnasal scale making contact with the first upper labial, third upper labial in contact with eye, second lower labial very large. Minute hindlimb rudiments visible on either side of cloaca [HAACKE 1997: 144] 
CommentDistribution: Not in Angola fide Marques et al. 2018. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “brevis, -e” = short and “pes, pedis” = foot. 
  • Fitzsimons,V.F.M. 1938. Transvaal Museum Expedition to South-West Africa and Little Namaqualand, May to August 1937 - Reptiles and Amphibians. Annals Transvaal Mus. 19 (2): 153-209 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen E. 1970. The systematics and evolution of the Subsaharan Africa, Seychelles, and Mauritius Scincine Scincid lizards. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 140 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Haacke W D. 1997. Systematics and biogeography of the southern African scincine genus Typhlacontias (Reptilia: Scincidae). Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 47 (1-2): 139- 163. - get paper here
  • Haacke, W.D. 1964. Description of two new species of lizards and notes on Fitzsimonsia brevipes (FITZSIMONS) from the central Namib desert. Scientific Papers of the Namib Desert Research Station 25: 1-15
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
  • Welch, K.R.G. 1982. Herpetology of Africa; a checklist and bibliography of the orders Amphisbaenia, Sauria, and Serpentes. Robert E. Krieger Pub. Co., Malabar, FL 293 pp.
  • Whiting, A.S.; Aaron M. Bauer and Jack W. Sites, Jr. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships and limb loss in sub-Saharan African scincine lizards (Squamata: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 29 (3): 582-598 - get paper here
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