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Typhlosaurus vermis BOULENGER, 1887

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Acontinae; Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Boulenger's Legless Skink, Pink Blind Legless Skink 
SynonymTyphlosaurus vermis BOULENGER 1887: 434
Typhlosaurus vermis — LOVERIDGE 1936: 75
Typhlosaurus vermis — BAUER & BRANCH 2003
Typhlosaurus vermis — LAMB et al. 2010 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Orange River to Spoeg River in Little Namaqualand)

Type locality: Cape of Good Hope  
TypesHolotype: BMNH, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, collector unknown. 
CommentLimb morphology: Limbless. 
  • 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.
  • Bates, Michael F., Neil J. L. Heideman, Brian A. Wilson, Martin G. J. Hendricks, Nulfa Don and Carlos Moses 1999. Morphological variation and geographical distribution in the South African lizards Typhlosaurus caecus (Cuvier 1817) and Typhlosaurus vermis Boulenger 1887 (Scincidae: Acontinae). African Journal of Herpetology 47 (2): 35-41 [1998] - get paper here
  • Bauer, A.M., and Branch, W.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. Herpetological Natural History 8: 111-160 [2001]
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1968. A review of the African genus Typhlosaurus Wiegmann (Sauria: Scincidae). Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 3 (36): 1-20
  • Haacke W D 1986. Description of a new species of Typhlosaurus Wiegmann, 1834 (Reptilia: Scincidae) from the west coast of southern Africa, with new records of related species. Annals Transvaal Mus. 34 (9): 227-235 - get paper here
  • Heideman, N.J.L. et al. 2008. Sexual dimorphism in the African legless skink subfamily Acontiinae (Reptilia: Scincidae). African Zoology 43 (2): 192–201 - get paper here
  • Lamb, T.; Biswas, S. & Bauer, A.M. 2010. A phylogenetic reassessment of African fossorial skinks in the subfamily Acontinae (Squamata: Scincidae): evidence for parallelism and polyphyly. Zootaxa 2657: 33–46 - 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
  • Wagner, Philipp; Donald G. Broadley, and Aaron M. Bauer 2012. A New Acontine Skink from Zambia (Scincidae: Acontias Cuvier, 1817). Journal of Herpetology 46 (4): 494-502. - get paper here
  • Werner,F. 1910. Reptilia et Amphibia. In Schultze, L., Zoologische und anthropologische Ergebnisse einer Forschungsreise im westlichen und zentralen Südafrika. Band IV, Systematik und Tiergeographie Vertebrata B. Denkschr. Med.-Nat. Wiss. GeselI. Jena 16: 279-370 [1910] - get paper here
  • Zhao, Z, Goedhals, J, Verdú‐Ricoy, J, Jordaan, A, Heideman, N. 2019. Comparative analysis of the eye anatomy in fossorial and surface‐living skink species (Reptilia: Scincidae), with special reference to the structure of the retina. Acta Zool. 2019; 00: 1– 13 - get paper here
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