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Trachylepis variegata (PETERS, 1870)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Variegated Skink 
SynonymEuprepes variegatus PETERS 1870: 660
Mabuia varia var. longiloba METHUEN & HEWITT 1914: 142
Mabuya damarana FITZSIMONS 1943: 224 (part.) (not PETERS)
Mabuya longiloba longiloba — MERTENS 1955: 76
Mabuya longiloba longiloba — BROADLEY 1962
Mabuya variegata variegata — BROADLEY 1975
Mabuya variegata — GREER et al. 2000
Euprepis variegatus — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Mabuya variegata— BAUER & BRANCH 2003
Trachylepis variegata — BAUER 2003
Mabuya variegata — COOPER 2005
Trachylepis variegata — PORTIK & BAUER 2012 
DistributionNamibia, Botswana, Republic of South Africa (absent from S Cape and E Transvaal), S Mozambique, Zambia, NW Zimbabwe

Type locality: Damaraland [Namibia], by implication.  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 6152, NRM 2176 (6 specimens), NRM 2226 (also given erroneously as 12226, actually Trachylepis acutilabris fide Glenn Shea, pers. comm, 25 July 2019), may be also part of the original type series fide AHLANDER, see also BAUER et al. 1995). 
CommentNot listed under that name in the Zoological Record of 1870.

Distribution: Not in Angola fide Marques et al. 2018. In Angola it is replaced by T. punctata, which was previously considered as a subspecies of T. variegata. 
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