Short Communication

A new species of Zygaspis (Reptilia: Squamata: Amphisbaenidae) from north-eastern Mozambique

Published in: African Journal of Herpetology
Volume 65, issue 2, 2016, pages: 115–122
DOI: 10.1080/21564574.2016.1183717
Author(s): Donald G. BroadleyDepartment of Herpetology, Zimbabwe, G. John MeaseyCentre for Invasion Biology, South Africa

Abstract

We describe a new species of Zygaspis based on a single specimen collected in north-eastern Mozambique and deposited in the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo. The new species is characterised by its extensively black pigmentation, 191 body annuli, discrete preoculars, four parietals, two postoculars, three supralabials, and two post-supralabials. Phylogenetic analysis of mtDNA suggests that it is a sister taxon to the widespread Zygaspis quadrifrons.

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