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Typhlosaurus meyeri BOETTGER, 1894

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Acontinae; Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesMeyer's Blind Legless Skink, Variable Blind Legless Skink 
SynonymTyphlosaurus meyeri BOETTGER 1894
Typhlosaurus meyeri — LOVERIDGE 1936: 75
Typhlosaurus plowesi FITZSIMONS 1943 (fide BROADLEY 1968)
Typhlosaurus meyeri — HAACKE 1975
Typhlosaurus meyeri — BAUER & BRANCH 2003
Typhlosaurus meyeri — LAMB et al. 2010 
DistributionNamibia (Spencer Bay, south to Orange River and into Richtersveld), Republic of South Africa (Richtersveld)

Type locality: Angra Pequena, Southwest Africa.  
TypesNeotype: DNMNH (= TM) 28301 (designated by BROADLEY 1968) from Luderitz (= Angra Pequena). Donated by F. Eberlanz,May 1963.
Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) [plowesi] 
CommentFrank & Ramus (1995) gave “BOETTGER 1903” and “FITZSIMONS 1932” as years of description.

Morphology: Limbless. 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Bauer, A.M., and Branch, W.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. Herpetological Natural History 8: 111-160 [2001]
  • Boettger, O. 1894. Eine neue Eidechse aus Südwest-Afrika. Abh. Ber. Königl. Zool. Anthrop. Mus. Dresden (7): [no page numbers] - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1968. A review of the African genus Typhlosaurus Wiegmann (Sauria: Scincidae). Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 3 (36): 1-20
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • Haacke, W. D. 1975. Herpetological investigations in the sand sea of the southern Namib. . TRANSVAAL MUSEUM BULLETIN No. 15: 8-10
  • 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
  • Loveridge, A. 1936. African reptiles and amphibians in the Field Museum of Natural History. Zool. Ser. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Chicago, 22 (1): 1-122 - 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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