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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. Femal 
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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