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Typhlacontias gracilis ROUX, 1907

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Roux's Blind Dart Skink 
SynonymTyphlacontias gracilis ROUX 1907: 83
Typhlacontias gracilis — GREER 1970
Typhlacontias gracilis — BROADLEY 1971
Typhlacontias gracilis — WELCH 1982: 79
Typhlacontias gracilis — HAACKE 1997
Typhlacontias gracilis — PIETERSEN et al. 2021 
DistributionN Namibia, NW Zimbabwe, N Botswana (Caprivi Strip), W Zambia

Type locality: Lealui, Zambia  
TypesHolotype: MHNN Musee de Neuchatel, Switzerland. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Least tendency for head scales to fuse, as a consequence has more than other taxa. Four normal sized lower labials with the fourth slender and horizontal, six upper labials with third entering orbit, prefrontal separated from frontoparietal by third supraorbital (In type antero-upper temporal fused with third supraorbital Fig. 4b). Eye usually in touch with third upper labial, two preoculars, two of three supraoculars and three postoculars [HAACKE 1997: 151] 
CommentTyphlacontias gracilis rohani has been elevated to species status.

Distribution: Not in Angola fide Marques et al. 2018. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “gracilis”, meaning small or lanky, or gracile. 
  • Broadley, D. G. 1971. The reptiles and amphibians of Zambia. The Puku, Occas. Pap. Dept. Wild. Fish. Natl. Parks Zambia 6: 1-143
  • Broadley, Donald G. 2006. A new species of Typhlacontias (Reptilia: Scincidae: Feylininae) from western Tanzania. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 57 (12-24):557-560 - 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Roux, J. 1907. Sur quelques Reptiles sud-africains. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 15: 75-86. - get paper here
  • Wagner, Philipp; Donald G. Broadley, and Aaron M. Bauer 2012. A New Acontine Skink from Zambia (Scincidae: Acontias Cuvier, 1817). Journal of Herpetology 46 (4): 494-502. - get paper here
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