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Chalcides mauritanicus (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cylindrical Skink 
SynonymHeteromeles mauritanicus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 772
Heteromeles mauritanicus — GUICHENOT 1850: 18
Lerista dumerilii — GERVAIS 1836 (fide BOULENGER 1891)
Chalcides mauritanicus — BOULENGER 1887: 405
Chalcides mauritanicus — PASTEUR 1981
Chalcides mauritanicus — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 327
Chalcides mauritanicus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Chalcides mauritanicus — BOGAERTS 2020 
DistributionNW Algeria (coastal area), NE Morocco

Type locality: “Alger”  
Reproductionovovivparous (Bogaerts 2020). 
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 6997 
EtymologyAfter the Roman province Mauritania. 
  • Bogaerts, Sergé 2020. Keeping and breeding the Two-fingered skink Chalcides mauritanicus (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839), and the first proof of its viviparity. Podarcis 11 (1): 17-25 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1891. Catalogue of the reptiles and batrachians of Barbary (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), based chiefly upon the notes and collections made in 1880-1884 by M. Fernand Lataste. Tr. Zool. Soc. 13: 93-164
  • Brygoo, E.R. 1985. Les types des scincidés (Reptiles, Sauriens) du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, catalogue critique. Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. (4e sér.) 7 (sect. A 3), suppl.: 1-126
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol. 5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • Gervais, Paul 1836. Enumération de quelques espèces de reptiles provenant de Barbarie. Ann. Sci. Nat. (2) VI: 308-313 - get paper here
  • Guichenot, A. 1850. Histoire naturelle des reptiles et des poissons. Exploration Scientifique de l’Algérie pendant les annees 1840, 1841, 1842. Imprimerie Nationale, Paris, 147 pp. (+ atlas) - get paper here
  • Martín, José; Roberto García-Roa, Jesús Ortega, Pilar López, Ana Pérez-Cembranos, Alicia León, Luis V. García & Valentín Pérez-Mellado 2015. Occurrence and ecological aspects of the two-fingered skink Chalcides mauritanicus in the Chafarinas Islands in North Africa. African Journal of Herpetology 64 (1): 67-79 - get paper here
  • Martínez del Mármol, Gabriel; D. James Harris, Philippe Geniez, Philip de Pous, and Daniele Salvi 2019. Amphibians and Reptiles of Morocco. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 478 pp - get paper here
  • Mediani, Mohamed; José Carlos Brito, Soumia Fahd 2015. Atlas of the amphibians and reptiles of northern Morocco: updated distribution and patterns of habitat selection. Basic and Applied Herpetology 29: - get paper here
  • Mellado, J. V. CAPUTO & G. NASCETTI 1987. Sobre las publicaciónes de Chalcides (Reptilia: Scincidae) del Nordeste de Marruecos. Rev. Esp. Herpetol. 2: 183-186 - get paper here
  • Pasteur,G. 1981. A survey of the species groups of the the old world scincid genus Chalcides. Journal of Herpetology 15 (1): 1-16 - get paper here
  • Schleich, H.H., Kästle,W., Kabisch, K. 1996. Amphibians and Reptiles of North Africa. Koeltz, Koenigstein, 627 pp.
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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