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Chalcides minutus CAPUTO, 1993

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymChalcides (chalcides) minutus CAPUTO 1993: 105
Chalcides chalcides mertensi KLAUSEWITZ 1954: 198 (partim)
Chalcides minutus — SCHLÜTER 2004: 46
Chalcides minutus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionNE Morocco

Type locality: environs of Debdou (NE Morocco)  
TypesHolotype: MZUF 32903, adult female 
CommentNot listed in SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996. Smallest species of the genus. 
EtymologyFrom Latin “minutus” = small, referring to the small size of the species. 
  • Caputo V 1993. Taxonomy and evolution of the Chalcides chalcides complex (Reptilia, Scincidae) with description of two new species. MUSEO REGIONALE DI SCIENZE NATURALI BOLLETTINO (TURIN) 11(1): 47-120 - get paper here
  • Carranza, S.; E.N. Arnold, Ph. Geniez, J. Roca and J.A. Mateo 2008. Radiation, multiple dispersal and parallelism in the skinks, Chalcides and Sphenops (Squamata: Scincidae), with comments on Scincus and Scincopus and the age of the Sahara Desert. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46 (3): 1071-1094 - get paper here
  • Martínez del Mármol, Gabriel; D. James Harris, Philippe Geniez, Philip de Pous, and Daniele Salvi 2019. Amphibians and Reptiles of Morocco. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 478 pp - get paper here
  • Mediani, Mohamed; José Carlos Brito, Soumia Fahd 2015. Atlas of the amphibians and reptiles of northern Morocco: updated distribution and patterns of habitat selection. Basic and Applied Herpetology 29: - get paper here
  • Montero-Mendieta, Santiago; Joan Ferrer, Mohammed Ait Hammou, Walid Dahmani, Delfi Sanuy, Sebastia Camarasa 2017. Another record or a new taxon? A candidate species of Chalcides Laurenti, 1768, in north Africa (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae). Herpetozoa 29 (3/4): 155 - 161 - get paper here
  • Schlüter, U. 2004. Die Herpetofauna des Mittleren Atlas von Marokko. Reptilia (Münster) 9 (45): 42-49 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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