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Mochlus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Order  Squamata
Rank  Genus
Phylum  Chordata
Class  Reptilia
Suborder  Sauria
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Similar  Lepidothyris, Leptosiaphos, Afroablepharus, Panaspis, Sepsina

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Mochlus is a genus of skinks, lizards in the family Scincidae. The genus is endemic to Africa.

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Mochlus sundevalli


Description

Skinks of the genus Mochlus are cylindrical in shape and robust. They get the common name "writhing skinks" from the side-to-side movement that they make when held in the hand.

Diet

Skinks in the genus Mochlus feed on insects and millipedes.

Species

The following 13 species are recognized as being valid.

  • Mochlus afer (W. Peters, 1854)
  • Mochlus brevicaudis (Greer, Grandison & Barbault, 1985)
  • Mochlus grandisonianum Lanza & Carfi, 1966
  • Mochlus guineensis (W. Peters, 1879)
  • Mochlus mabuiiforme (Loveridge, 1935)
  • Mochlus mocquardi (Chabanaud, 1917)
  • Mochlus paedocarinatum Lanza & Carfi, 1968
  • Mochlus productum (Boulenger, 1909)
  • Mochlus simonettai (Lanza, 1979)
  • Mochlus somalicum (Parker, 1942)
  • Mochlus sundevalli (A. Smith, 1849)
  • Mochlus tanae (Loveridge, 1935)
  • Mochlus vinciguerrae (Parker, 1932)
  • Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Mochlus.

    References

    Mochlus Wikipedia


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