Mabuya mabouya (BONNATERRE, 1789)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Greater Martinique Skink|
|Synonym||Lacertus mabouya LACÉPÈDE 1788: 378 (part.)|
Lacerta mabouya — BONNATERRE 1789: 51
Scincus mabouya — DAUDIN 1802
Lacerta mabouya — SHAW 1802:287
Scincus mabouya — DAUDIN 1803:375
Scincus cepedii — MERREM 1820:71
Mabuya dominicensis FITZINGER 1826: 52 (nom. subst.)
Scincus mabouya — GRAY 1831:69
Tiliqua cepedii COCTEAU 1837 (nom. subst.)
Eumeces mabouia — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 646 (part; incorr. emendation)
Tiliqua cepedii — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 646
Mabouya cepedii — GRAY 1845:95 (part)
Mabuia cepedii — COPE 1862: 186 (part)
Mabuia Cepedi — BOCOURT 1879:406 (part)
Mabuia alliacea — GÜNTHER 1885: 33
Mabuia agilis GÜNTHER 1888 (non Mabuia agilis RADDI 1820)
Mabuia agilis nigropunctata — BOULENGER 1887:192
Mabuya mabouia — BARBOUR 1914:321 (part; incorrect emendation)
Mabuya mabouia — BARBOUR 1930
Mabuya mabouya mabouya — DUNN 1935: 537 (part.)
Mabuya mabouya mabouya — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 156
Mabuya mabouya — DUELLMAN 1978: 208
Mabuya mabouya — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 456
Mabuya mabuya — KORNACKER 1997
Mabuya “mabouya” — GREER et al. 2000
Mabuya mabouya — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Mabuya mabouya — BREUIL 2002:267 (part).
Mabuya mabouya — MIRALLES, 2005:49 (part).
Mabuya mabouya — HENDERSON & POWELL, 2009:292 (part)
Mabuya mabouya — HEDGES & CONN 2012: 111
Type locality: “Antilles” ; Restricted to the Lesser Antilles by DUNN 1935. Further restricted to St. Vincent by SMITH & TAYLOR 1950. Type locality of the lectotype: “Martinique”.
|Types||Lectotype: MNHN 5421 (neotype?)|
Holotype: apparently unknown (fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1950)
|Comment||Relationships: Mabuya, Marisora, and Aspronema are paraphyletic in the phylogenetic analysis of Pereira & Schrago 2017.|
Distribution: Apparently not recorded from Bolivia. This species has been restricted to Martinique by revalidating a number of synonyms (HEDGES & CONN 2012).
Similar species: Has been confused with M. bistriata and its relationship to this species is somewhat unclear. Mabuia dominicana GARMAN 1887 (synonym fide GÜNTHER 1888) has been removed from the synonymy fo M. mabouya.
Subspecies: Mabuya mabouya sloanei has been elevated to species status.
Type species: Lacerta mabouya Bonnaterre, 1789:51 is the type species of the genus Mabuya FITZINGER 1826 (not Lacertus mabouya Lacèpede, 1788: 378; see ICZN, 2005, Opinion 2104). Note that SAVAGE (2003) suggested to reject Lacepède’s (1788) “Histoire Naturelle des Quadrupèdes Ovipares” as a non-binominal work (Case 3226; Bull. Zool. Nom. 60 (2)). This application has been successful. The ICZN (2005) has ruled that Lacepède’s (1788) work (and all subsequent editions of this work) are rejected as an unavailable, non-binominal work. The genus names Mabuia Cuvier, 1829:64 and Mabouya Duméril & Bibron, 1839:579 are unjustified emendations. Bahmani et al. 2016 stated that Mabouya dominicensis Fitzinger 1826 (= Lacertus Mabouya Lacepede) is the type species of Mabuya.
MIRALLES (2005) stated that the figure of Lacertus mabouya provided by LACÉPÈDE 1788 was not detailed enough to distinguish it from Chalcides ocellatus, a Mediterranean species. LACÉPÈDE also gave “Sardinia” as type locality (in addition to “Antilles”). BREUIL (2002) concluded that the type specimen was probably caught on Martinique.
Conservation: This species is now very rare in the Antilles, except in Dominica, and is probably vanished from Martinique [MIRALLES, pers. comm.].
|Etymology||Etymology (genus). The generic name Mabuya is a feminine noun derived from the same name used by native peoples of the Americas, especially the Antilles, for various types of lizards.|
Etymology (species). The species name (mabouya) is a feminine singular noun derived from the same name used by native peoples of the Americas, especially the Antilles, for various types of lizards.