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Tetradactylus seps (LINNAEUS, 1758)

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Higher TaxaGerrhosauridae (Gerrhosaurinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Short-legged Seps, Five-toed Whip Lizard 
SynonymLacerta seps LINNAEUS 1758: 204
Sincus [sic!] sepiformis SCHNEIDER 1801: 191
Gerrhosaurus sepiformis — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 384
Gerrhosaurus sepiformis — GRAVENHORST 1851: 300
Tetradactylus laevicauda HEWITT 1915
Tetradactylus laevicauda — ESSEX 1925
Tetradactylus seps laevicauda — LOVERIDGE 1942
Tetradactylus seps laevicauda — FITZSIMONS 1947: 113
Tetradactylus seps — BRANCH 1990
Tetradactylus seps — BATES et al. 2014: 234 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa

Type locality: “in Meridionalibus”  
TypesHolotype: UUZM (= ZMUU) 37 (Uppsala University Museum of Zoology) 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Berger-Dell'mour, H. A. E. 1983. Der Übergang von Echse zu Schleiche in der Gattung Tetradactylus, Merrem. Zool. Jb. Anat., 110 (1983): 1-152
  • Branch, W. R. 1990. The genus Tetradactylus (Sauria:Gerrhosaurinae) in the Cape Province, South Africa: New records and their taxonomic status. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 37: 13-16 - get paper here
  • CONRADIE, W.; W. R. BRANCH & D. G. HERBERT 2017. GERRHOSAURIDAE: Tetradactylus seps (Linnaeus 1758) Short-legged seps - DIET. African Herp News (65): 14-16 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol. 5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • Essex, R. 1925. Descriptions of two new species of the genus Acontias and notes on some other lizards found in the Cape Province. Rec. Albany Mus. 3: 332-342.
  • Fitzsimons,V.F.M. 1947. Descriptions of new species and subspecies of reptiles and amphibians from Natal, together with notes on some other little known species. Ann. Natal Mus. (Pietermaritzburg) 11 (1): 111-137
  • Gravenhorst, J. L. C. 1851. Über die im Zoologischen Museum der Universität Breslau Befindlichen Wirtelschleichen (Pseudosaura), Krüppelfüssler (Brachypoda), und einige andere, Denselben verwandte Reptilien aus den Zünften der Schleichen und Dickzüngler [Euprepes striolatus]. Acta Acad. Caes. Leop. Carol. Nat. Cur. 23 (1): 291-394 [1847] - get paper here
  • Haagner, Gerald V. & Branch, William R. 1992. Geographical Distribution. Sauria: Gerrhosauridae: Tetradactylus seps (Linnaeus, 1758). Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa (Humewood), 41: 37. - get paper here
  • Hewitt, J. 1915. Descriptions of two new South African lizards, Tetradactylus laevicauda and T. fitzsimonsi. Annals Transvaal Mus. 5 (2): 101-103 - get paper here
  • Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema naturæ per regna tria naturæ, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii, Holmiæ. 10th Edition: 824 pp. - get paper here
  • Wallin, L. 2001. Catalogue of type specimens. 4. Linnaean specimens. Uppsala University, Museum of Evolution, Zoology section, 128 pp. - get paper here
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