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Alinea luciae (GARMAN, 1887)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSaint Lucia Skink 
SynonymMabuia luciae GARMAN 1887
Mabuia agilis var. luciae — BOULENGER 1891
Mabuya luciae — BARBOUR 1914:322
Mabuya luciae — BARBOUR 1930:105.
Mabuya mabouia — BARBOUR 1935:129 (part)
Mabuya mabouya mabouya — DUNN 1936:544 (part)
Mabuya mabouia — BARBOUR 1937:147 (part)
Mabuya mabouia — UNDERWOOD 1963:83 (part)
Mabuya mabouya mabouya — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970:200 (part)
Mabuya mabouya mabouya — SCHWARTZ & THOMAS, 1975:141 (part)
Mabuya mabouya mabouya — MACLEAN et al. 1977:40 (part).
Mabuya mabouya mabouya — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988:150 (part)
Mabuya mabouya mabouya — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991:457 (part)
Mabuya bistriata — POWELL et al., 1996:82 (part)
Mabuya sloanii — MAYER & LAZELL, 2000:883 (part)
Mabuya mabouya — BREUIL, 2002:267 (part)
Mabuya mabouya — MIRALLES 2005:49 (part)
Mabuya mabouya — HENDERSON & POWELL 2009:292 (part)
Mabuya luciae — MIRALLES et al. 2009
Alinea luciae — HEDGES & CONN 2012 
DistributionSt Lucia Island

Type locality: “St Lucia”  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MCZ R-6046, collected by Samuel Walton Garman on Saint Lucia in April, 1879. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Alinea luciae is characterized by (1) maximum SVL in males, not available; (2) maximum SVL in females, 109 mm; (3) snout width, 2.90–3.22% SVL; (4) head length, 17.5–18.4% SVL; (5) head width, 12.7– 14.1% SVL; (6) ear length, 0.983% SVL; (7) toe-IV length, 11.9% SVL; (8) prefrontals, two; (9) supraoculars, four; (10) supraciliaries, four (60%), five (40%); (11) frontoparietals, two; (12) supralabial below the eye, five; (13) nuchal rows, two (40%), three (60%); (14) dorsals, 54–57; (15) ventrals, 61–69; (16) dorsals + ventrals, 116–125; (17) midbody scale rows, 28–30; (18) finger-IV lamellae, 14–15; (19) toe-IV lamellae, 17–20; (20) finger-IV + toe- IV lamellae, 31–35; (21) supranasal contact, Y (80%), N (20%); (22) prefrontal contact, Y (25%), N (75%); (23) supraocular-1/frontal contact, Y (60%), N (40%); (24) parietal contact, Y; (25) pale middorsal stripe, N; (26) dark dorsolateral stripe, N; (27) dark lateral stripe, N; (28) pale lateral stripe, N; and (29) palms and soles, dark (Tables 3–5).
Within the Genus Alinea, A. luciae is distinguished from A. berengerae by having fewer dorsals (54–57 versus 59), a wider head (head width 12.7–14.1% SVL versus 11.9%), a wider snout (2.90–3.22% SVL versus 2.55%), shorter toes (toe-IV length 11.9% SVL versus 12.8%), 2–3 rows of nuchals (versus one row), and a non-attenuate body shape (attenuate in A. berengerae). Alinea luciae differs from A. lanceolata by having a wider snout (snout width 2.90–3.22% SVL versus 1.90–2.71%), fewer dorsals (54–57 versus 59–61), and 2–3 rows of nuchals (versus one row). From A. pergravis, it differs by having fewer dorsals (54–57 versus 62–63), fewer ventrals (61–69 versus 70–73), fewer dorsals + ventrals (116–125 versus 132–136), and a non-attenuate body shape (attenuate in A. pergravis) [HEDGES & CONN 2012]. 
CommentSynonymy after HEDGES & CONN 2012.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species name (luciae) is a feminine genitive singular noun, referring to the distribution of the species on St. Lucia. 
References
  • Barbour, Thomas 1930. Some faunistic changes in the Lesser Antilles. Proc. New England Zool. Club 11: 73-85
  • Beolens, ; Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Garman, S. 1887. On West Indian Reptiles. Scincidae. Bull. Essex Inst. 19: 51-53
  • Hedges, S.B. & Conn, C.E. 2012. A new skink fauna from Caribbean islands (Squamata, Mabuyidae, Mabuyinae). Zootaxa 3288: 1–244 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • MIRALLES, AURÉLIEN; GILSON RIVAS FUENMAYOR, CÉLINE BONILLO, WALTER E. SCHARGEL, TITO BARROS, JUAN E. GARCÍA-PEREZ, CÉSAR L. BARRIO-AMORÓS 2009. Molecular systematics of Caribbean skinks of the genus Mabuya (Reptilia, Scincidae), with descriptions of two new species from Venezuela. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 156 (3): 598-616 - get paper here
  • Thorpe, R. S., Barlow, A., Surget-Groba, Y., & Malhotra, A. 2018. Multilocus phylogeny, species age and biogeography of the Lesser Antillean anoles. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
 
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