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Mochlus mafianus BROADLEY, 1994

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Lygosominae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Mafia writhing skink 
SynonymLygosoma mafianum BROADLEY 1994
Lygosoma mafianum — SPAWLS et al. 2002: 144
Mochlus mafianum — BÖHME et al. in IUCN 2009
Mochlus mafianum — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 153 
DistributionMafia and Kisuju Islands off the east-African coast

Type locality: Mafia Island, Tanzania.  
TypesHolotype: NMZB 10460, an adult female; collected by a Frontier-Tanzania expedition, 16 August 1990. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Lower eyelid scaly (divided into vertical septa); pterygoid teeth absent; frontoparietals paired; supranasal fused with anterior portion of the nasal; digits pentadactyle; dorsal scales tricarinate throughout life; 26-28 midbody scale rows; three supralabials anterior to subocular; no lanceolate lobules on anterior border of ear opening; subdigital lamellae beneath fourth toe 11-14, beneath fifth toe 6-7. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Broadley, D G. 1994. A review of Lygosoma Hardwicke and Gray 1827 (Reptilia Scincidae) on the East African Coast, with the description of a new species. Tropical Zoology 7 (1): 217-222. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
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