Tetradactylus eastwoodae Methuen & Hewitt, 1913

Eastwood's long-tailed seps, Eastwood's longtailed seps, Eastwood's whip lizard



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: December 1928

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


"This species is only known from two specimens collected 17 years apart. The holotype (TM 1496) was collected by A. Eastwood in 1911. The only other known specimen (TM 13104) was collected in 1928 by V. A. Wager. Both specimens were deposited with the Transvaal Museum, where they presumably still reside." (Salvidio et al., 2004)



Limpopo Province, Transvaal (northern), South Africa


Biology & Ecology




Only known from two specimens: the holotype and a later specimen collected in December 1928 (Bates, 2017).






Original scientific description:

Hewitt, J. and Methuen, P. A. (1913). Descriptions of some new Batrachia and Lacertilia from South Africa. Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa (Cape Town) 3: 107-111.


Other references:

Bates, M. F. (2017). Tetradactylus eastwoodae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T21663A110324586. Downloaded on 29 May 2017.

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.

Bates, M.F. & Jacobsen, N. 2018. Tetradactylus eastwoodae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T21663A115653635. Accessed on 02 July 2022.

Berger-Dell'mour, H. A. E. (1983). Der Übergang von Echse zu Schleiche in der Gattung Tetradactylus, Merrem. Zool. Jb. Anat. 110 (1983): 1-152.

Dzerefos, C. 2004. Yesterday, today and tomorrow: The story of the Haenertsburg Grasslands of Limpopo. Veld and Flora 90(1): 18-19.

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

Jacobsen, N. H. G. (1988). Tetradactylus eastwoodae: species account. In: W.R. Branch (ed.), South African Red Data Book - Reptiles and Amphibians, pp. 23-24. South African National Scientific Programmes Report No. 151. CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa.

Jacobsen, N.H.G. 1989. The distribution and conservation status of reptiles and amphibians in the Transvaal. Final Report Project TN 6/4/1/30. Chief Directorate of Nature and Environmental Conservation, Pretoria, South Africa.

Mucina, L., Hoare, D.B., Lötter, M.C., du Preez, J., Rutherford, M.C., Scott-Shaw, C.R., Bredenkamp, G.J., et al. 2006. Grassland Biome. In: L. Mucina and M.C.Rutherford (eds), The Vegetation of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, pp. 348-437. Strelitzia 19, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, South Africa.

Regalado, Pedro Galán. (2015). Los Anfibios y Reptiles Extinguidos: Herpetofauna Desaparecida Desde el Año 1500. Monografías de la Universidade da Coruña 155: 1-509.

Salvidio, S., M. Menegon, R. Sindaco and D. Moyer. (2004). A new species of elongate seps from Udzungwa grasslands, southern Tanzania (Reptilia, Gerrhosauridae, Tetradactylus Merrem, 1820). Amphibia-Reptilia 25(1): 19-27.

Siegfried, W. R. and Brooke, R. R. (1995). Anthropogenic extinctions in the terrestrial biota of the Afrotropical region in the last 500,000 years. Journal of African Zoology 109: 5-14.

de Villiers, M. S. and Burger, M. (2008). The Southern African Reptile Conservation Assessment: Win Some, Lose Some. Threatened Species Newsletter (Aug 2008), SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa.

Wongtschowski, B. (1990). Between Woodbush and Wolkberg: Googoo Thompson’s Story. B.E.H. Wongtschowski, Haenertsburg.


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