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Mochlus hinkeli (WAGNER, BÖHME, PAUWELS & SCHMITZ, 2009)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Lygosominae (Lygosomini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesMochlus hinkeli hinkeli WAGNER, BÖHME, PAUWELS & SCHMITZ 2009
Mochlus hinkeli joei WAGNER, BÖHME, PAUWELS & SCHMITZ 2009 
Common NamesE: Hinkel’s Red-sided Skink, Hinkel’s red-flanked skink 
SynonymLepidothyris hinkeli WAGNER, BÖHME, PAUWELS & SCHMITZ 2009
Lepidothyris hinkeli — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 155
Mochlus hinkeli — FREITAS et al. 2019

Mochlus hinkeli joei WAGNER, BÖHME, PAUWELS & SCHMITZ 2009
Lepidothyris hinkeli joei — MARQUES et al. 2018: 242
Mochlus hinkeli joei — FREITAS et al. 2019 (by implication) 
DistributionDemocratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire: Katanga) (Schmidt 1919), Rwanda (Fischer & Hinkel 1992), Uganda (Vonesh 2001), Kenya (Spawls et al. 2002; Wagner & Böhme 2007) and Zambia (IRSNB 4713)

Type locality: Cyamudongo, Nyungwe, Rwanda.

joei: Congo (Brazzaville) (ZFMK64410), DR Congo (MNHG 2539.071) and Angola (Laurent 1964); Type locality: Oyo, Bokouelé, Peoples Rep. Congo.  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 55701, leg. Paĉome & H. Hinkel; paratypes: ZFMK
Holotype: ZFMK 64410, leg. E. Fischer & H.Hinkel, 1993; paratypes: MNHG, IRSNB [joei] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The new species is distinguishable from L. fernandi by different aspects of morphology and colouration: L. hinkeli sp. n. is smaller in size than its sister taxon from West Africa; unlike L. fernandi the new species has small but distinct ear lobuli; there are between 34 and 38 scale rows around midbody, which is much higher than in L. fernandi with 31 to 34 rows; number of longitudinal ventral scales also higher (61 to 77) than in L. fernandi with 56 to 67 scales.

Diagnosis [joei]: The new subspecies differs from the nominotypic form in having a monochromatic back, without lateral bars continuing on the back. Lateral bars in most cases smaller and lower in number than in the nominate form, not bordered with white dots; lower lip is lighter than in L. hinkeli hinkeli and without any black markings on the first sublabial scales; body scales in most cases stronger keeled than in the nominate form. 
Etymologynamed after Dr Harald Hinkel, a German naturalist whose doctorate (1994) in herpetology was awarded by Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. He was drawn into the war in Rwanda (1992-1994) and became involved in disaster relief work (1996-2000), moving (2000) to do similar work in Somalia, where he was lucky to survive being shot through the throat. He co-edited Natur und Umwelt Ruandas – Einführung in die Flora und Fauna Ruandas (1992). 
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  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Fischer E & HINKEL H (eds.) 1992. Natur und Umwelt Ruandas – Einführung in die Flora und Fauna Ruandas. Mainz: 452 S. (ISBN 3-920 615-15-8)
  • FREITAS, ELYSE S.; ANIRUDDHA DATTA-ROY, PRAVEEN KARANTH, L. LEE GRISMER and CAMERON D. SILER 2019. Multilocus phylogeny and a new classification for African, Asian and Indian supple and writhing skinks (Scincidae: Lygosominae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 186 (4): 1067–1096 - get paper here
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  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
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  • Wagner, Philipp; Wolfgang Böhme; Olivier S. G. Pauwels & Andreas Schmitz 2009. A review of the African red-flanked skinks of the Lygosoma fernandi (BURTON, 1836) species group (Squamata: Scincidae) and the role of climate change in their speciation. Zootaxa 2050: 1-30 - get paper here
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