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Typhlosaurus braini HAACKE, 1964

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Acontinae; Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Haacke's Legless Skink 
SynonymTyphlosaurus braini HAACKE 1964: 5
Typhlosaurus braini — HAACKE 1975
Typhlosaurus braini — LAMB et al. 2010 
DistributionNamibia (central Namib desert from Kuiseb River to Koichab River)

Type locality: dunes south of the Kuiseb River at Gobabeb in the central Namib Desert, South West Africa.  
TypesHolotype: DNMNH (= TM) 28472, Transvaal Museum 
CommentLimb morphology: Limbless. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Charles Kimberlin Brain (b. 1931), a Zimbabwean geologist and paleontologist whose main interests are Australopithecines and the taphonomy of caves (how deposits in caves were created and fossilized). He was Director ofthe Transvaal Museum (1965-1991) but retired in 1996. 
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  • Broadley, D.G. 1968. A review of the African genus Typhlosaurus Wiegmann (Sauria: Scincidae). Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 3 (36): 1-20
  • Haacke, W. D. 1975. Herpetological investigations in the sand sea of the southern Namib. . TRANSVAAL MUSEUM BULLETIN No. 15: 8-10
  • 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
  • Lamb, T.; Biswas, S. & Bauer, A.M. 2010. A phylogenetic reassessment of African fossorial skinks in the subfamily Acontinae (Squamata: Scincidae): evidence for parallelism and polyphyly. Zootaxa 2657: 33–46 - 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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