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Trachylepis nancycoutuae (NUSSBAUM & RAXWORTHY, 1998)

IUCN Red List - Trachylepis nancycoutuae - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymMabuya nancycoutuae NUSSBAUM & RAXWORTHY 1998: 337
Mabuya nancycoutuae — GREER & NUSSBAUM 2000
Euprepis nancycoutuae — MAUSFELD & SCHMITZ 2003
Trachylepis nancycoutuae — BAUER 2003 
DistributionSC Madagascar (Isalo National Park)

Type locality: Bevato, Isalo National Park, 22°19’ S, 45°17’ E, 700 m, Ihosy Fivondronana, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: UMMZ 217045 (RAN 47874), mature (?) male, collected 15 February 1995 by N. Coutou and C. J. Raxworthy. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific name "nancycoutuae"' is a personal noun in the genitive case, given in memory of Nancy Coutu, an American Peace Corps volunteer who assisted with our Isalo expedition and helped to collect the holotype of this new species. She was murdered in Madagascar on 9 April 1996. 
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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cocca, W., G. M. Rosa, F. Andreone, G. Aprea, P. E. Bergò, F. Mattioli, V. Mercurio, J. E. Randrianirina, D. Rosado, M. Vences & A. Crottini 2018. The herpetofauna (Amphibia, Crocodylia, Squamata, Testudines) of the Isalo Massif, Southwest Madagascar: combining morphological, molecular and museum data. Salamandra 54 (3): 178-200 plus Supplementary Material - get paper here
  • Greer,A.E. & NUSSBAUM,R.A. 2000. New character useful in the systematics of the scincid lizard genus Mabuya. Copeia 2000 (2): 615-618 - get paper here
  • Lima, Alexandra; D. James Harris, Sara Rocha, Aurélien Miralles, Frank Glaw, Miguel Vences 2013. Phylogenetic relationships of Trachylepis skink species from Madagascar and the Seychelles (Squamata: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 67 (3): 615-620 - get paper here
  • MAUSFELD, Patrick & Andreas SCHMITZ 2003. Molecular phylogeography, intraspecific variation and speciation of the Asian scincid lizard genus Eutropis Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Reptilia: Scincidae): taxonomic and biogeographic implications. Org. Divers. Evol. 3: 161–171
  • Nussbaum, Ronald A. and Christopher J. Raxworthy 1998. A new species of Mabuya Fitzinger (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from the High Plateau (Isalo National Park) of South-Central Madagascar. Herpetologica 54 (3): 336-343. - get paper here
 
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