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Typhlacontias punctatissimus BOCAGE, 1873

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesTyphlacontias punctatissimus punctatissimus (BOCAGE 1873)
Typhlacontias punctatissimus bogerti (LAURENT 1964)
Typhlacontias punctatissimus brainei HAACKE 1997 
Common NamesDotted Blind Dart Skink 
SynonymTyphlacontias punctatissimus BOCAGE 1873: 213
Typhlacontias punctatissimus — GREER 1970
Typhlacontias punctatissimus punctatissimus — HAACKE 1997
Typhlacontias punctatissimus — WHITING et al. 2003

Typhlacontias punctatissimus bogerti (LAURENT 1964)
Typhlacontias bogerti LAURENT 1964
Typhlacontias punctatissimus bogerti — HAACKE 1997 
DistributionS Angola, NW Namibia (from NW Koakoveld), SW Angola

bogerti: SW Angola; Type locality: “35 km S of Moçamedes (= Namibé)”, Angola.

brainei: Namibia; Type locality: Khumib River 25 km from the coast, Skeleton Coast Park, Opuwo District, Namibia, 18°44'S 12°36'E (1812Da), elevation up to 600 m.

Type locality: Rio Curoca mouth, Moçamedes district, Angola  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesSyntypes: MBL, 'Museo de Bocage', Lisbon, destroyed by fire)
Types: Dundo Museum, Angola [bogerti]
Holotype: TM 68443, collected by W. D. Haacke, 11. 4. 1989;Paratypes in ZFMK, TM and SMWN [brainei] 
CommentType species: Typhlacontias punctatissimus BOCAGE 1873 is the type species of the genus Typhlacontias BOCAGE 1873. 
EtymologyReferring to its speckled colour pattern.
bogerti: Named in honour of renowned American herpetologist Dr Charles M. Bogert.
brainei: Named after Mr Steve Braine, former ranger of the Skeleton Coast Park, Namibia, for his contribution towards the knowledge of the fauna of that area during his term of office there. 
References
  • Bocage,J.V.B. 1873. Melanges erpetologiques. II. Sur quelques reptiles et batraciens nouveaux, rares ou peu connus d‘Afrique occidentale. Jorn. Acad. Sci. Lisboa 4: 209-227
  • 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
  • Laurent,R.F. 1964. Reptiles et batraciens de l'Angola (troisième note). Companhia de Di amantes de Angola (Diamang), Serviços Culturais, Museu do Dundo (Angola), No. 67, 165 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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