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Trachylepis ivensii (BOCAGE, 1879)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesMeadow Skink, Iven’s skink 
SynonymEuprepes ivensii BOCAGE 1879
Mabuia ivensii - BOULENGER 1887: 197
Lygosoma ivensii - BOCAGE 1895
Mabuya ivensii - MANACAS 1963
Mabuya ivensi septemlineata LAURENT 1964
Lubuya ivensii - HORTON 1972
Mabuya ivensii — GREER et al. 2000
Euprepis ivensii — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis ivensii — BAUER 2003 
DistributionAngola, NW Zambia, S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

Type locality: interior of Benguella, Angola; restricted to “Benguela” by BOULENGER 1887. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
ReproductionOvoviviparous. Females ovulate tiny eggs and later supply the nutrients for development by placental means. 
TypesHolotype: MBL (probably lost in fire 1978) 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the type specimens, 
  • Bauer, A.M. 2003. On the identity of Lacerta punctata Linnaeus, 1758, the type species of the genus Euprepis Wagler, 1830, and the generic assignment of Afro-Malagasy skinks. African Journal of Herpetology 52:1-7. - get paper here
  • Blackburn, D.G. & Flemming, A.F. 2011. Invasive implantation and intimate placental associations in a placentotrophic african lizard, Trachylepis ivensi (scincidae). J. Morphol., 273: 137–159. doi: 10.1002/jmor.11011 - get paper here
  • Blackburn, Daniel G. and Alexander F. Flemming 2010. Reproductive specialization in a viviparous African skink and its implications for evolution and conservation. Herp. Cons. Biol. 5 (2) - get paper here
  • Bocage,J.V. du B. 1895. Herpétologie d'Angola et du Congo. Lisbon: Imprimerie Nationale, i-xx, 203 pp.
  • Bocage,J.V.B. du 1879. Reptiles et batraciens nouveaux d'Angola. J. Acad. Sci. Lisbon 7: 97-99
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575pp. - get paper here
  • Branch W. R.; Haagner, G.V. 1993. The skink Mabuya ivensii: new records from Zambia and Zaire, and the status of the subspecies septemlineata Laurent 1964 and the genus Lubuya Horton. Amphibia-Reptilia 14 (2): 105-115 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • Broadley, Donald G. and Frank Willems. 2015. Geographic Distribution. Trachylepis ivensii Bocage, 1879, Meadow Skink. African Herp News (62): 41-42
  • Greer, A.E., Arnold, C. & Arnold, E.N. 2000. The systematic significance of the number of presacral vertebrae in the scincid lizard genus Mabuya. Amphibia-Reptilia 21 (1): 121-126 - get paper here
  • Haagner,G.V.; Branch,W.R. & Haagner,A.J.F. 2000. Notes on a collection of reptiles from Zambia and adjacent areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Annals of the Eastern Cape Museum 1: 1 – 25
  • Horton,D.R. 1972. A new scincid genus from Angola. Journal of Herpetology 6: 17-20 - get paper here
  • Laurent,R.F. 1964. Reptiles et batraciens de l'Angola (troisième note). Companhia de Di amantes de Angola (Diamang), Serviços Culturais, Museu do Dundo (Angola), No. 67, 165 pp.
  • Manacas,S. 1963. Saurios de Angola. Mem. Junta Invest. Ultram. 2nd ser. 43: 223-240
  • Wagner, Philipp; Dennis Rödder & Thomas M. Wilms 2012. New data on the morphology and natural history of Tetradactylus ellenbergeri (Angel, 1922) (Sauria: Gerrhosauridae) and Trachylepis ivensii (Bocage, 1879) (Sauria: Scincidae) in northeastern Zambia. Bonn zoological Bulletin 61 (1): 35–40 - get paper here
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