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Panaspis helleri (LOVERIDGE, 1932)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymSiaphos meleagris helleri LOVERIDGE 1932
Siaphos meleagris helleri — LOVERIDGE 1936: 72
Lygosoma (Leptosiaphos) helleri — SCHMIDT 1943
Panaspis helleri — WELCH 1982: 90 
DistributionDemocratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire, Ruwenzori Mountains)

Type locality: Bugongo Ridge, Ruwenzori, Belgian Congo.  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 12749 
CommentNot listed by BROADLEY & POYNTON 1998 for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire).

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the types, Mr. Edmund Heller (1875-1939), American zoologist and ornithologist. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1932. New Races of a Skink (Siaphos) and Frog (Xenopus) from the Uganda Protectorate. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 45: 113-115 - 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Schmidt, K. P. 1943. Amphibians and reptiles from the Sudan. Field Mus. nat. Hist (ser. zool.) 24: 331- 338. - get paper here
  • Welch, K.R.G. 1982. Herpetology of Africa; a checklist and bibliography of the orders Amphisbaenia, Sauria, and Serpentes. Robert E. Krieger Pub. Co., Malabar, FL 293 pp.
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