Günther's dwarf burrowing skink

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Günther's dwarf burrowing skink
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Scelotes
Species: S. guentheri
Binomial name
Scelotes guentheri
Boulenger, 1887

Günther's dwarf burrowing skink or Günther's burrowing skink (Scelotes guentheri) was a species of skink in the family Scincidae. S. guentheri was endemic to Natal, South Africa.[1][2] Limbs are greatly reduced: forelimbs are entirely lost and the hind limbs retain only two digits.[2]


Both the specific name, guentheri, and the common name are in honor of German-born British herpetologist Albert Günther.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b World Conservation Monitoring Centre (1996). "Scelotes guentheri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Scelotes guentheri at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 18 January 2015.
  3. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Scelotes guentheri, p. 110).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume III. ...Scincidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XL. (Scelotes guentheri, new species, pp. 414–415 + Plate XXIV, figures 3, 3a, 3b, 3c).
  • Branch, Bill (2004). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Third Revised edition, Second impression. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Scelotes guentheri, p. 142).