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Melanoseps rondoensis LOVERIDGE, 1942

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Rondo limbless skink 
SynonymMelanoseps ater rondoensis LOVERIDGE 1942
Melanoseps rondoensis — BRYGOO & ROUX-ESTÈVE 1982
Melanoseps rondoensis — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 14
Melanoseps rondoensis — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Melanoseps rondoensis — BROADLEY et al. 2006
Melanoseps rondoensis — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 174 
DistributionSE Tanzania

Type locality: Nchingidi, Rondo Plateau, Lindi District, Tanzania.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 47780, paratypes: BMNH, NMZ 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Adwarfed species with 18-20 midbody scale rows, 113-128 ventrals and 37- 43 subcaudals. Snout-vent/tail length ratio 2.57-3.62 [from BROADLEY et al. 2006]. 
CommentLimb morphology: limbless 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Brygoo E R; Roux-Esteve R 1982. Un genre de lezards scincines d'Afrique: Melanoseps. Bulletin du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle SECTION A ZOOLOGIE BIOLOGIE ET ECOLOGIE ANIMALES 3 (4) 1981: 1169-1191
  • Loveridge, A. 1942. Scientific results of a fourth expedition to forested areas in east and central Africa. IV. Reptiles. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 91: 237-373 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
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