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Trachylepis margaritifera (PETERS, 1854)

IUCN Red List - Trachylepis margaritifera - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Sauria (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Rainbow skink
G: Blauschwanzskink 
SynonymEuprepes margaritifer PETERS 1854: 618
Mabuia obsti WERNER 1913: 43
Mabuya obsti — LOVERIDGE 1923
Mabuia quinquetaeniata — WITTE 1933
Mabuya quinquetaeniata obsti — LOVERIDGE 1936: 68
Mabuya quinquetaeniata obsti — BROADLEY 1962
Mabuya quinquetaeniata margaritifer — BROADLEY 1962
Mabuya quinquetaeniata margaritifer — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 15
Mabuya margaritifer — BRANCH 1993
Mabuya quinquetaeniata margaritifer — BAUER et al. 1995: 62
Mabuya margaritifera — BROADLEY & BAUER 1999
Euprepis margaritiferus — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis margaritifera — BAUER 2003
Trachylepis margaritifer — BRANCH et al. 2005
Mabuya margaritifer — COOPER 2005 
DistributionKenya, Malawi, Tanzania, south to Natal, Republic of South Africa, west through the Transvaal and Zimbabwe to eastern Botswana, E Zambia, W Mozambique

Type locality: Tete, Mozambique.
Type locality: Kwa Mtoro, Usandawi, Tanzania [obsti] 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.
 
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 1232, 3967, 3968-9, 9396 
CommentDistribution: records from Uganda (as in Broadly & Howell 1991: 15) may be in error and actually refer to M. quinquetaeniata s.str. Not listed for Uganda in Kingdon & Branch 2010. See Map in Broadley & Bauer 1998: 51. 
References
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  • Bauer,A.M.; Günther,R. & Klipfel,M. 1995. The herpetological contributions of Wilhelm C.H. Peters (1815-1883). SSAR Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, 714 pp.
  • Branch, W.R.; Rödel, M.-O. & Marais, J. 2005. Herpetological survey of the Niassa Game Reserve, northern Mozambique - Part I: Reptiles. Salamandra 41 (4): 195-214 - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Broadley, D.G. 2000. A review of the genus Mabuya in southeastern Africa (Sauria: Scincidae). African Journal of Herpetology, 49 (2): 87-110 - get paper here
  • Broadley, Donald G. and Aaron M. Bauer 1999. A review of the Mabuya quinquetaeniata complex in East Africa (Sauria: Scincidae). African Journal of Herpetology. 47 (2): 43-58 [1998] - get paper here
  • Broadley,D.G. 1962. On some reptile collections from the North-Western and North-Eastern Districts of Southern Rhodesia 1958-1961, with descriptions of four new lizards. Occ. Pap. Nat. Mus. South. Rhodesia 26 (B): 787-843
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  • Cooper Jr., W.E. 2005. Duration of movement as a lizard foraging movement variable. Herpetologica 61 (4): 363-372 - get paper here
  • Grubenmann, M. 2013. Einige fotografische Beobachtungen an Agamen in Kenia, Tansania, Malawi, Südafrika und Namibia. Iguana 26 (1): 23-33 [spelled as Grubermann on paper]
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  • Loveridge, A. 1923. Notes on East African lizards collected 1920-1923 with the description of two new races of Agama lionotus Blgr. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1923: 935-969 - get paper here
  • Loveridge,A. 1936. African reptiles and amphibians in the Field Museum of Natural History. Zool. Ser. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Chicago, 22 (1): 1-122 - get paper here
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