A new species of elongate seps from Udzungwa grasslands, southern Tanzania (Reptilia, Gerrhosauridae, Tetradactylus Merrem, 1820) Sebastiano Salvidio 1 , Michele Menegon 2 , Roberto Sindaco 3 , David Moyer 4 1 Dipartimento per lo Studio del Territorio e delle sue Risorse, DIP.TE.RIS. Corso Europa, 26, I-16132 Genova, Italy e-mail: email@example.com 2 Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali, via Calepina 14, C.P. 393, I-38100 Trento, Italy 3 Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, C.P. 89, 10022 Carmagnola (TO), Italy 4 Wildlife Conservation Society (New York Zoological Society), P.O. Box 936, Iringa, Tanzania Abstract. A new Tetradactylus from Udzungwa Mountains is described on the basis of one adult male and one adult female. The species has tridactyle forelimbs with the longest toes bearing four scales, didactyle hind limbs, 14 dorsal longitudinal row scales, four femoral pores and frontoparietals in broad contact. This combination of morphological characters distinguishes the species from the similar T. eastwoodae , a South African endemic. The new species has smooth head scales, six ventral rows, and the male possess on either side of the vent a prominent claw-like scale lacking in the female. The species has been found in swampy montane grasslands at about 1880 m. It
Amphibia-Reptilia – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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