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Panaspis tristaoi (MONARD, 1940)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Tristoi’s Snake-eyed Skink 
SynonymRiopa tristaoi MONARD 1940: 166
Lygosoma nimbense ANGEL 1944
Lygosoma (Panaspis) togoense (non WERNER) LOVERIDGE 1952: 257
Panaspis nimbaense — FUHN 1972
Panaspis nimbaensis — PERRET 1973
Panaspis nimbaensis — GREER 1974: 29
Leptosiaphos nimbaense — BARNETT 2001
Panaspis nimbensis — BÖHME et al. 2011: 56
Panaspis tristaoi — TRAPE et al. 2012 
DistributionGuinea (Conakry), Ivory Coast, Gambia

Type locality: “Nion, au pied du mont Nimba, 800 m elevation (Guinée)”  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1943.48 (= 43-48) 
CommentSynonymy after PERRET 1973. Panaspis tristaoi (MONARD 1940) is an older name and nimbensis should therefore be a junior synonym (TRAPE et al. 2012). 
EtymologyNamed after Nunes Tristão, navigator of an exploration of Portuguese Guinea in 1446.

L. nimbense was named after the type locality on Mount Nimba. Note that the original spelling was “nimbensis” hence this is the correct name. See Perret 1975. 
  • Angel, F. 1944. Un lézard nouveau du Mont Nimba (Haute Guinée francaise) appartenant au genre Lygosoma (Matériaux de la mission Lamotte au Mont Nimba en 1942). Bull. Mus. natl. Hist. nat. Paris 16: 293-294 - get paper here
  • Barbault, R. 1976. Population Dynamics and Reproductive Patterns of Three African Skinks Copeia 1976 (3): 483-490. - get paper here
  • Barbault,R. 1974. Dynamique des populations naturelles du lézard Panaspis nimbaensis dans les savanes de Lamto (Cotte d'Ivoire). Bull. Soc. Zool. France (Paris) 99: 345-361
  • Barnett, Linda K. 2001. The herpetofauna of Abuko Nature Reserve, the Gambia. Herpetological Bulletin (77): 5-1 - get paper here
  • Barnett, Linda K. & Emms, Craig 2005. Common reptiles of The Gambia. Rare Repro, Hailsham, East Sussex, 24 pp.
  • Böhme, Wolfgang, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Christian Brede & Philipp Wagner 2011. The reptiles (Testudines, Squamata, Crocodylia) of the forested southeast of the Republic Guinea (Guinée forestière), with a country-wide checklist. Bonn zoological Bulletin 60 (1): 35-61 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Loveridge,A. 1952. Bull. Inst. fond. Afr. noire 14 (15): 257 - get paper here
  • Monard, ALBERT 1940. Résultats de la mission du Dr. Monard en Guinée Portugaise 1937 – 1938. Arq. Mus. Bocage, Lisbon 11: 147-182
  • Perret J L 1973. Contribution à l'étude des Panaspis (Reptilia, Scincidae) d'Afrique occidentale avec la description de deux espèces nouvelles. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 80 (2): 595-630 - get paper here
  • Perret,J. L. 1975. La différentiation dans le genre Panaspis COPE (Reptilia, Scincidae). Bull. Soc. neuchâtel. Sci. Nat., 98: 5-16
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
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