Tetradactylus eastwoodae HEWITT & METHUEN, 1913
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Tetradactylus eastwoodae?
|Higher Taxa||Gerrhosauridae (Gerrhosaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Eastwood’s Long-tailed Seps|
G: Eastwoods Geißel-Schildechse
|Synonym||Tetradactylus eastwoodae HEWITT & METHUEN 1913|
Tetradactylus eastwoodae — FITZSIMONS 1943: 294
Tetradactylus eastwoodae — SALVIDIO et al. 2004
Tetradactylus eastwoodae — BATES et al. 2014: 233
|Distribution||SE Republic of South Africa (Transvaal)|
Type locality: Woodbush Forest Reserve, Naphuno District, Limpopo Province.
|Types||Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 1496 (Transvaal Museum, Pretoria)|
Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 13104 [eastwoodae]
|Diagnosis||Description: Serpentiform Limbs very small, digits clawed; forelimb tridactyle, middle finger longest, inner longer than outer, which is minute; hiridlimb a little langei-than forelimb, didactyle: inner toe minute. Nostril pierced between two nasals and separated from 1st upper labial. 2-3 Upper labials anterior to subocular.|
Frontal about 1.5 times as long as broad. Frontoparietals' reduced in size and more or less bandlike. Interparietal elongate and. separating frontoparietals. Parietals distinctly longer than broad. Four supra-oculars, first three in contact with frontal. Two upper labials anterior to subocular, which is strongly elongate. Dorsal scales striated and strongly keeled (striated only, on nape), in 12 longitudinal and 67-70 transverse rows. Ventral plates in 6-8 longitudinal and about 50 transverse series. Three enlarged preanal scales; 3 femoral pores on each side (Fitzsimons 1943: 294).
Colour: Olive brown above, uniform over back and tail or with indistinctly-marked, darker, longitudinal lines or series of spots; head dark spotted above. Below paler than above, usually greyish-brown (Fitzsimons 1943: 294).
|Comment||Conservation: T. eastwoodae is at present considered extinct. It is known only from two specimens, the holotype and another specimen collected by by V.A. Wager in 1928 (Bates et al. 2014, Tolley et al. 2016).|
Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||Named after the collector, A. Eastwood.|