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Trachylepis spilogaster (PETERS, 1882)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesKalahari Tree Skink, Spiny Mabuya 
SynonymEuprepes (Euprepis) striatus var. spilogaster PETERS 1882: 68
Mabuya striata FITZSIMONS 1943: 229 (part.)
Mabuya striata spilogaster — MERTENS 1955: 80
Mabuya spilogaster — BROADLEY 1969: 11
Mabuya spilogaster — AUERBACH 1987: 107
Mabuya spilogaster — GREER et al. 2000
Euprepis spilogaster — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Mabuya spilogaster — WHITING et al. 2003
Trachylepis spilogaster — BAUER 2003
Mabuya spilogaster — COOPER 2005
Trachylepis cf. spilogaster — CONRADIE et al. 2016 
DistributionNamibia, Republic of South Africa (Kimberley in N Cape), W Botswana, S Angola

Type locality: “Bei Otjimbingue im Hererolande (Westafrika)” [Namibia]  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZMB (lost, fide F. Tillack, pers. comm.) 
CommentNot explicitely mentioned in the Zoological Record of 1882. Types not located fide BAUER et al. 1995. Sympatric with M. sparsa on trees along the Nosop and Molopo Rivers and environs. 
References
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  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
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  • Bauer, A.M., and Branch, W.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. Herpetological Natural History 8: 111-160 [2001]
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  • Branch, W. R. 1998. Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. 3rd ed. Fully Revised and Updated to Include 83 New Species. Ralph Curtis Books (Sanibel Island, Florida), 399 pp.
  • Broadley, D.G. 1969. Two sympatric species of the Mabuya striata complex (Sauria: Scincidae) in the southern Kalahari. Koedoe 12: 11-14 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
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