Scelotes guentheri Boulenger, 1887

Günther's dwarf burrowing skink, Günther's burrowing skink, Günther's dwarf burrowing skink



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Scelotes borquini Broadley, 1994


Conservation Status

Taxonomically rediscovered (Raw, 2021)

Last record: 1858 (deposited in museum)

IUCN status: Extinct (Bauer et al., 2018)



KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: BMNH (Raw, 2020)





Original scientific description:

Boulenger, G. A. (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. III. British Museum of Natural History, London.


Other references:

Bates, M.F., Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M., Burger, M., Marais, J., Alexander, G.J. and de Villiers, 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.

Bauer, A. M., Conradie, W. and Marais, J. (2018). Scelotes guentheri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T44979051A115670551. Downloaded on 08 March 2020.

Bourquin, O. (1988). Scelotes guentheri: species account. In: W.R. Branch (ed.), South African Red Data Book - Reptiles and Amphibians, pp. 105-106. South African National Scientific Programmes Report No. 151. CSIR, Pretoria.

Branch, W. R. (1998). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Second Edition. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.

Broadley, D. G. (1994). The Genus Scelotes Fitzinger (Reptilia: Scincidae) in Mozambique, Swaziland and Natal, South Africa. Annals of Natal Museum 35: 237-259.

FitzSimons, V. F. M. (1943). The lizards of South Africa. Memoirs of the Transvaal Museum 1: i-xv + 1-528, +24 pls + map.

Marais, J. and Bauer, A. (2017). Scelotes guentheri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T44979051A110317884. Downloaded on 29 May 2017.

Raw, Lynn R. G. (1973). Scelotes guentheri rediscovered? Journal of the Herpetological Association of Africa 10: 11-12.

Raw, Lynn R. G. (2020). A New Species of Scelotes (Sauria: Scincidae) from Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. ZooNova 1(4): 40-47.

Raw, Lynn R. G. (2021). On the status of Scelotes borquini Broadley and Scelotes guentheri Boulenger (Sauria: Scincidae) from Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. ZooNova 7: 1-6.