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Trachylepis monardi (MONARD, 1937)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMonard’s Skink 
SynonymMabuya striata angolensis MONARD 1937
Mabuya angolensis — WELCH 1982: 83
Euprepis angolensis — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis angolensis — BAUER 2003
Trachylepis monardi — MARQUES et al. 2018: 265 (nom. nov.) 
DistributionAngola

Type locality: “Kuvangu” [= Cuvango], Huíla Province and “Bimbi” [=Bimbe] Huambo Province, Angola.  
Reproduction 
TypesSyntypes: LCFM (was MHNC) 91.0599-0613 (15 specimens), MHNG 858.95 (Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Neuchâtel, collector A. Monard). 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy: Monard’s name is a junior secondary homonym of Euprepis angolensis Bocage. As such Bocage’s name, despite being a junior subjective synonym of Trachylepis varia, must retain the epithet angolensis, and Monard’s name requires a replacement (the special conditions of Article 23.9 do not apply as an insufficient number of citations by an insufficient number of authors have used Monard’s name). As no junior synonyms are known to exist for Trachylepis angolensis (Monard, 1937) Marques et al. 2018 proposed Trachylepis monardi nom. nov. as a replacement name, in recognition of the contributions of Albert Monard (2 September 1886 – 27 September 1952), Swiss naturalist from La Chaux-de-Fonds, who under- took two major expeditions to Angola and left a legacy of specimens and published papers relating to the zoology of not only Angola, but also Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau and North Africa. 
EtymologyM. angolensis was named after its distribution in Angola.
M. monardi was named after Albert Monard (2 September 1886 – 27 September 1952), Swiss naturalist from La Chaux-de-Fonds, who undertook two major expeditions to Angola and left a legacy of specimens and published papers relating to the zoology of not only Angola, but also Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau and North Africa.
 
References
  • 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
  • Bocage, J. V. B. 1866. Reptiles nouveaux ou peu connus recueillis dans les possessions portugaises de l'Afrique occidentale, que se trouvent au Muséum de Lisbonne. Jorn. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat. Lisboa 1: 57-78.
  • Bocage, J. V. B. 1872. Diagnoses de quelques espéces nouvelles de Reptiles d'Afrique occidentale. Jorn. Sci. Lisbon 4: 72-82.
  • 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
  • Conradie W, Bills R, and Branch WR. 2016. The herpetofauna of the Cubango, Cuito, and lower Cuando river catchments of south-eastern Angola. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 10(2) [Special Section]: 6–36 - get paper here
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • Monard, ALBERT 1937. Contribution à l'herpétologie d'Angola. Arq. Mus. Bocage, Lisbon 8:19-153.
  • Welch, K.R.G. 1982. Herpetology of Africa; a checklist and bibliography of the orders Amphisbaenia, Sauria, and Serpentes. Robert E. Krieger Pub. Co., Malabar, FL 293 pp.
 
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