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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesAbd Al Kuri Skink 
SynonymTrachylepis cristinae SINDACO, METALLINOU, PUPIN, FASOLA & CARRANZA 2012
Mabuya socotrana – STEINDACHNER 1903: 13 (partim)
Mabuya soqotranus – WRANIK 1998: table 1 (partim)
Mabuya socotrana – WRANIK 1998a: 150 (partim)
Mabuya socotrana – WRANIK 1998b: 171 (partim)
Mabuya socotrana – SCHÄTTI & DESVOIGNES 1999: 121 (partim) 
DistributionYemen (Socotra: Abd Al Kuri Island)

Type locality: YEMEN, Abd Al Kuri Island, Khaysat Salih village env. at about 12°11’N–52°14’E, 36 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: MCCI R1585, Male, 1.IV.2010, Cristina Grieco, Fabio Pupin, Elisa Riservato and Roberto Sindaco leg..
Paratype. Female, YEMEN, Abd Al Kuri Island, Oskar Simony leg. Labelled: ‘Mabuia socotrana (Pet.) Boul⁄ Abd - el - Kuri. 3f. Su ̈dar. Exp.⁄1898 – 22⁄1 899 – Simony’ [= Mabuia socotrana (Peters) Boulenger ⁄Abd el-Kuri Island. 3rd South-Arabian Expedition ⁄ 1898– 22.I.1899 – Oskar Simony leg.]. (NMW 9396). 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species epithet is a genitive Latin noun to honour Cristina Grieco, who found the holotype in Abd Al Kuri. 
  • Kwet, Axel 2013. Trachylepis cristinae, ein neuer Skink von Sokotra. Terraria-Elaphe 2013 (4): 47 - 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
  • Schätti, B., Desvoignes, A. 1999. The herpetofauna of southern Yemen and the Sokotra Archipelago. Muséum d'histoire naturelle Genéve, Genéve.
  • Sindaco, R., Metallinou, M., Pupin, F., Fasola, M. & Carranza, S. 2012. Forgotten in the ocean: systematics, biogeography and evolution of the Trachylepis skinks of the Socotra Archipelago. Zoologica Scripta
  • Steindachner,Franz 1903. Batrachier und Reptilien von Südarabien und Sokotra, gesammelt während der südarabischen Expedition der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Sitzungsb. Akad. Wiss. Wien, math.-naturwiss. Kl., 112, Abt. 1: 7-14 - get paper here
  • Wranik, W. 1998. Faunistic notes on Soqotra island. In: H. Dumont (Ed.), Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Soqotra island: present & future. Aden, 1996, New York: United Nations Development Programme, pp 135–198
  • Wranik, Wolfgang 1998. Contributions to the herpetology of the Republic of Yemen. 4. Socotra Island and southern Yemen mainland (Amphibia; Reptilia). FAUNISTISCHE ABHANDLUNGEN (DRESDEN) 21(Supplement), 1998: 163-179
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