Scincella silvicola (TAYLOR, 1937)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Scincella silvicola?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||S: Correlón|
E: Taylor’s Ground Skink
|Synonym||Leiolopisma silvicolum TAYLOR 1937: 5|
Scincella silvicola — MITTLEMAN 1950: 20
Scincella silvicola — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 158
Scincella silvicola — GREER 1974: 7
Scincella silvicola — LINER 1994
Scincella silvicola — GARCIA-VÁZQUEZ & FERIA-ORTIZ 2006
Scincella silvicola silvicola — GARCÍA-VÁZQUEZ et al. 2010
Scincella silvicola — LINKEM et al. 2011
Scincella silvicola — LEMOS-ESPINAL et al. 2016: 131
|Distribution||Mexico (atlantic slopes in C Veracruz and in the headwaters of the Rio Papaloapam in Oaxaca, Quéretaro, Hidalgo, Tamaulipas, Puebla, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila).|
Type locality: Forested hill about 10 miles southeast of Córdoba, near San Lorenzo, Veracruz.
|Types||Holotype: FMNH 100008 (fide SHEA & GREER 2002); was: EHT-HMS 10033|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS. A member of the "Oligosoma" group, having two fronto-parietals, Interparietal enclosed by parietals. Scales in 30-32 rows around middle of body, 38-40 about axillary region; lateral scales smaller than dorsals which in turn are smaller than ventrals; 20 lamellae under longest toe; normally two pairs of nuchals, anterior not in contact with the upper secondary temporal; limbs pentadactyl, elongate; when adpressed they overlap somewhat more than length of longest toe; posterior loreal higher than long. Ear opening large, round, smaller than eye opening; tympanum deeply sunk; frontal shorter than frontoparietals and interparietals together. Above brown,with a light dorsolateral line interrupted by dark brown dots. A rather distinct, lateral, dark brown stripe, punctated with small, rounded, dull cream spots; uniform cream-white below, without pigment or metallic reflections, save a few dark spots on latter half of tail (Taylor 1937).|
Color: Above, dark olive-brown to bronzy brown, with numerous minute darker flecks, not showing any tendency to form lines; a very indistinct, narrow, dorsolateral, light line on middle of fourth scale row, interrupted irregularlybydarkspots. Belowlightlineisabroad,darkbrownorblackish stripe, with numerous lighter dots, covering two whole rows and two half-scale rows; the five scale rows below the stripe are pigmented with ashy-gray; a few scattered dark brown spots on the side; a light area in superciliary region and greater part of eyelid pigmentless; lips light with darker areas on sutures; limbs light tan above, with numerous irregular blackish flecks; undersurfaceof hands and feet dark; a very indistinct light line from eye through the ear to arm, crossing about middle of ear; under surface of body and limbs creamy white; tail lighter brown than body (Taylor 1937).
|Comment||Distribution: Not listed for San Luis Potosí by Lemos-Espinal et al. 2018 (checklist SLP).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet is derived from the Latin words silva, meaning "forest" and - cola, meaning "an inhabitant."|