Trachylepis gonwouoi ALLEN, TAPONDJOU, WELTON & BAUER, 2017
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Trachylepis gonwouoi?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Gonwouo’s skink|
F: Scinque de Gonwouo
|Synonym||Trachylepis gonwouoi ALLEN, TAPONDJOU, WELTON & BAUER 2017|
|Distribution||Cameroon, Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville)|
Type locality: near the town of Mudeka near Mt. Cameroon, Southwest Region, Cameroon, 4.125°N, 9.491°E
|Types||Holotype: CAS 261092 (California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA), adult male, collected 16 June 2014, by Kaitlin Allen, Walter Tapondjou and Luke Welton (Fig. 2).|
Paratypes. Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Provo, Utah and California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA: CAS 261090, juvenile, town of Buea near Mt. Cameroon, Southwest Region, Cameroon, 4.160°N, 9.228°E; CAS 261091, female and BYU 573522, female, town of Idenau, Southwest Region, Cameroon 4.183°N, 9.000°E; CAS 261093, juvenile, BYU 573527, juvenile, BYU 573861, juvenile, BYU 573529, female, and BYU 573530, male, town of Nyasoso on Mt. Kupe, Southwest Region, Cameroon, 4.823°N, 9.670°E; 14 June 2016–2 July 2016; coll. Kaitlin Allen, Walter Tapondjou and Luke Welton. (Fig. 3 and Fig. 4)
Other material referred. Additional specimens referable to the new species based on mitochondrial genotype are: United States National Museum of Natural History (USNM) 584340, town of Impongui, Likouala Province, Republic of the Congo, 1.079°N, 17.036°E; Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn (ZFMK) 68962 and 75386, Mt. Nlonako, Littoral Region, Cameroon, 4.906°N, 9.951°E; and ZFMK 87654, Campo Reserve, South Province, Cameroon, 2.337°N, 9.857°E; Museum für Naturkunde [no voucher collected], Mt. Nlonako, Littoral Region, Cameroon, 4.906°N, 9.951°E; and [no voucher collected], Rumpi Hills, Southwest Region, Cameroon, 4.898°N, 9.119°E (Fig. 4).
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Trachylepis gonwouoi sp. nov. can be distinguished from other Trachylepis in West and Central Africa by the following characteristics, number of keels on dorsal scales (3–5); moderate SVL (maximum size of 80 mm); number of scale rows at midbody (28–34); number of supracilliaries (6–10); presence of a well defined lateral white stripe extending from beneath eye to insertion of hind limb, bordered by black; and ventral color in life bright blue-green.|
Comparison with other Central and West African Trachylepis: see Allen et al. 2017: 262
|Comment||Trachylepis gonwouoi differs from all other species of Trachylepis in Central-West Africa by a combination of number of keels on dorsal scales (3–5); moderate SVL (maximum size of 80 mm); number of scale rows at midbody (28–34); number of supracilliaries (6–10); a well defined lateral white stripe, bordered by black, extending from under the eye to the insertion of the hind limb; and a ventral color in life of bright blue-green.|
Sympatry: T. affinis, T. maculilabris (syntopic)
|Etymology||This species is a patronym honoring Dr. LeGrand Gonwouo Nono, the first native-born Cameroonian herpetologist, in recognition of his work to increase the knowledge of herpetology and conservation of endangered reptiles and amphibians throughout Cameroon.|
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