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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Acontinae — the dart snakes.


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From Ancient Greek ἀκοντίας (akontias, "darting serpent"), from ἄκων (akōn, "dart").


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  • In the reptiles the Transkei dwarf chamaeleon (Bradypodion caffrum), Günther's burrowing skink (Scelotes guentheri), the skink Acontias poecilus and the gecko Cryptactites peringueyi are all regarded as strictly endemic to this ecoregion.

    KwaZulu-Cape coastal forest mosaic 2007

  • There are no endemic amphibians, but six reptile species are considered to be strictly endemic, including Tasman’s legless skink (Acontias tasmani), Tasman’s girdled lizard (Cordylus tasmani), and the snake Bitis albanica.

    Albany thickets 2008


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