Trachylepis bensonii (PETERS, 1867)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Benson's Mabuya|
|Synonym||Euprepes (Euprepis) Bensonii PETERS 1867: 20|
Mabuya bensoni — GREER et al. 2000
Euprepis bensonii — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis bensonii — BAUER 2003
|Distribution||Liberia, Sierra Leone|
Type locality: “Liberia”
|Types||Holotype: ZMB 5089|
|Etymology||Named after Stephen Alien Benson (1816-1865), President of Liberia (1856-1864). Benson was born in Maryland, USA, to freeborn African-American parents. In 1822 his family moved to the newly created country of Liberia. Benson became a successful businessman and private secretary to Thomas Buchanan (Liberia's last white governor). After Liberian independence, he became a judge. He became Vice President (1853), then President (Beolens et al. 2011).|
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