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Angola | Researchers in Cangandala NP formally describe new species of skink

Researchers have finally described a new species of skink from Angola, specimens of which have lurked on museum shelves for more than 70 years.

Belgian herpetologist Raymond Laurent first suspected that he was dealing with a new species of skink back in the 1960s based on specimens collected from both Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). However, Laurent decided to let his Belgian colleague Gaston de Witte, who had been the first to study the more-numerous DRC specimens in the 1950s, take the lead on describing the skink. As it turns out, neither of them got around to doing it in their lifetime.

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