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Spondylurus sloanii (DAUDIN, 1803)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesVirgin Islands Bronze Skink 
SynonymScincus sloanii DAUDIN 1803: 287
Scincus sloanei — MERREM, 1820:70
Spondylurus sloanei — FITZINGER 1826:23
Tiliqua sloanii — GRAY, 1831:70
Scincus richardi — COCTEAU 1837
Tiliqua richardi — GRAY, 1838:292
Tiliqua sloanii — GRAY, 1838:293
Eumeces sloanii — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839:639
Mabouya sloanei — GRAY, 1845:94
Mabuia cuprescens — COPE, 1862:186
E[uprepes] semitaeniatus — PETERS, 1871:400 (part).
Mabuya sloanii — BOCOURT, 1879:401 (part)
Mabuia sloanii — GARMAN, 1887
Mabuia nitida — GARMAN, 1887:51 (part)
Mabuia sloanii — BOULENGER, 1887:193 (part)
Mabuia sloanii — MEERWARTH, 1901:37
Mabuya sloanii — STEJNEGER, 1904:608 (part)
Mabuya sloanii — BARBOUR, 1914:320 (part)
Mabuya sloanii — SCHMIDT, 1928:121 (part)
Mabuya sloanii — BARBOUR, 1930:105 (part)
Mabuya mabouia — BARBOUR, 1935:129 (part)
Mabuya mabouya sloanii — DUNN, 1936:544 (part)
Mabuya mabouia — BARBOUR, 1937:147 (part)
Mabuya sloanii — GRANT 1937:517 (part)
Mabuya mabouya sloanei — SCHWARTZ & THOMAS, 1975:141 (part)
Mabuya mabouya sloanei — MACLEAN et al., 1977:30–34 (part)
Mabuya mabouya sloanei — HEATWOLE et al., 1981:34 (part)
Mabuya mabouya sloanii — BRYGOO, 1985:101 (part)
Mabuya mabouya sloanei — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON, 1988:151 (part)
Mabuya mabouya sloanei — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON, 1991:457 (part)
Mabuya bistriata — POWELL et al., 1996:82 (part)
Mabuya sloanii — MAYER & LAZELL, 2000:883 (part)
Mabuya sloanii — MIRALLES, 2005:49 (part)
Mabuya sloanii — HENDERSON & POWELL, 2009:293 (part)
Spondylurus sloanii — HEDGES & CONN 2012: 201 
DistributionBritish Virgin Islands (Little Tobago, Norman Island, Peter Island, and Salt Island); U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas and its islets of Capella Island, Little Buck Island, Little Saba Island, and Water Island)

Type locality: not given; Duméril & Bibron, 1839:639 restricted the type locality to “Saint-Thomas”.

cuprescens: St. Thomas  
TypesHolotype: MNHN 554
Duméril & Bibron, 1839:639 redescribed the holotype of Scincus sloanii Daudin, collected by "Richard père" = Louis Claude Richard, probably in 1781–89
Holotype of cuprescens apparently lost 
CommentSynonymy: after HEDGES & CONN 2012: 201. Cocteau, 1837 was mentioned in Gray [1839:292] and in Duméril and Bibron [1839:639] but only two brief extracts were published by Cocteau [1837a,b]; apparently the full manuscript, with names, was never published. See also discussion in HEDGES & CONN 2012: 206. Pinto-Sánchez et al. 2015 synonymized culebrae, macleani, and monitae with Spondylurus sloani.

Distribution: erroneously reported from Jamaica (Garman, 1887; following Gray 1845).

Conservation status: endangered (Adkins-Giese et al. 2014).

Type species: Scincus sloanii DAUDIN 1803: 287 is the type species of the genus Spondylurus FITZINGER 1826. 
EtymologyThe species (sloanii) was named in honor of Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753), a British physician who studied the natural history of the West Indies, describing a skink from Jamaica which Daudin (1803) believed to be the same species as the specimen he described from St. Thomas. 
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