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Lacertaspis reichenowi (PETERS, 1874)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma (Mocoa) Reichenowii PETERS 1874: 160
Euprepes Reichenowi — REICHENOW 1874: 294
Lygosoma reichenowii — SCHMIDT 1919: 553
Riopa (Panaspis) reichenovei — SMITH 1937: 229
Leiolopisma reichenovei [sic] — MITTLEMAN 1952
Panaspis reichenowi — GREER 1974: 29
Lacertaspis reihenowi [sic] — FRANK & RAMUS 1995
Leptosiaphos (Lacertaspis) reichenowi — BROADLEY 1989
Panaspis (Lacertaspis) reichenowi — BÖHME & SCHMITZ 1996
Leptosiaphos reichenowi — BROADLEY 1998
Panaspis reichenowi — PAUWELS et al. 2004
Lacertaspis reichenowi — SCHMITZ et al. 2005
Panaspis reichenowi — PAUWELS et al. 2006 
DistributionCameroon (Mt. Cameroon, Dibongo, Bipindi, Efulen, Bitye,
Foulassi, Nkolfep, Akom, Mt. Kupé), C Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Gabon, Bioko = Fernando Po (Equatorial Guinea), Central African Republic

Type locality: “Cameroongebirge”  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 8018 
CommentSynonymy partly after FUHN 1972. Specimens of this species from Musosa, on the Zambian border to Zaire midway between Lakes Tanganyika and Mweru, have been collected by H.J. Bredo in 1939 (Witte 1953). There are no other records from Shaba Province. Broadley (1998) stated that “it seems likely that these specimens werre mislabelled”.

Type species: Lygosoma (Mocoa) Reichenowii PETERS 1874: 160 is the type species of the genus Lacertaspis PERRET 1975. 
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  • Böhme W. & Schmitz A. 1996. A new lygosomine skink (Lacertilia: Scincidae: Panaspis) from Cameroon [description of Panaspis chriswildi]. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 103 (3): 767-774 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D G 1989. A reappraisal of the genus Panaspis Cope, with the description of a new species of Leptosiaphos (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Tanzania. Arnoldia Zimbabwe 9 (32) 1989: 439-449
  • Broadley, D.G. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • Chirio, L. & Lebreton, M. 2007. Atlas des reptiles du Cameroun. MNHN, IRD, Paris 688 pp.
  • Chirio, Laurent and Ivan Ineich 2006. Biogeography of the reptiles of the Central African Republic. African Journal of Herpetology 55(1):23-59. - get paper here
  • Fuhn, I. E. 1972. Révision du Phylum forestier du genre Panaspis Cope (Reptilia, Scincidae, Lygosominae). Rev. roum. Biol., sér Zool., 17 (4): 257-271
  • Pauwels, O.S.G. & Vande Weghe, J.P. 2008. Les reptiles du Gabon. Smithsonian Institution, Washington: 272 pp. - get paper here
  • Pauwels, O.S.G.; Christy, P. & honorez, A. 2006. Reptiles and National Parks in Gabon, Western Central Africa. Hamadryad 30 (1-2): 181-196
  • Pauwels, O.S.G.; William R. Branch and Marius Burger 2004. REPTILES OF LOANGO NATIONAL PARK, OGOOUÉ-MARITIME PROVINCE, SOUTH-WESTERN GABON. Hamadryad 29 (1): 115 – 127
  • Perret J L 1973. Contribution à l'étude des Panaspis (Reptilia, Scincidae) d'Afrique occidentale avec la description de deux espèces nouvelles. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 80 (2): 595-630 - get paper here
  • Perret,J. L. 1975. La différentiation dans le genre Panaspis COPE (Reptilia, Scincidae). Bull. Soc. neuchâtel. Sci. Nat., 98: 5-16
  • Peters,W.H.C. 1874. Über neue Reptilien (Peropus, Agama, Euprepes, Lygosoma, Typhlops, Heterolepis) der herpetologischen Sammlung des Berliner zoologischen Museums. M. Ber. k. preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1874: 159-164 - get paper here
  • Reichenow, A. 1874. Eine Sammlung Lurche und Kriechthiere von Westafrika. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 1874 (1): 287-298 - get paper here
  • Schmidt, Karl Patterson 1919. Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo based on the Collection of the American Congo Expedition, 1909-1915. Part I: turtles, crocodiles, lizards, and chamaeleons. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 39 (2): 385-624 - get paper here
  • SCHMITZ, ANDREAS; IVAN INEICH & LAURENT CHIRIO 2005. Molecular review of the genus Panaspis sensu lato (Reptilia: Scincidae) in Cameroon, with special reference to the status of the proposed subgenera. Zootaxa 863: 1–28 - get paper here
  • Scott Jr., N.J. 1982. The herpetofauna of forest litter plots from Cameroon, Africa. In: Scott, N.J. (ed.) Herpetological communities [an SSAR symposium]. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildl. Res. Rep. 13: 145-150
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