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Trachylepis aureogularis (MÜLLER, 1885)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Guinea Mabuya 
SynonymEuprepes aureogularis MÜLLER 1885: 707
Trachylepis aureogularis — TRAPE, CHIRIO & TRAPE 2012
Trachylepis aureogularis — ALLEN et al. 2017
Trachylepis aureogularis — WEINELL et al. 2019
Trachylepis aureogularis — ALLEN et al. 2019 
DistributionGuinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and Ghana (fide Allen et al. 2017)

Type locality: “Goldküste”  
TypesLectotype: NMBA 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A medium-sized lizard with a moderately long tail. A pair of nuchals is present, the supranasals are usually separated, the prefrontals form a distinct suture in most specimens. Only one scale between the fourth supraocular and the anterior supratemporal. The posterior supratemporal is larger than the anterior one. Dorsals tricarinate. The number of lamellae under the fourth toe varies between 14 and 18, but mostly is 15 or 16. Under the fourth finger there are 11-15, mostly 11 or 12 lamellae. Brown above, flanks dark-brown, either ventrally bordered by a narrow white lateral line or not. Belly greenish-white, males with black spots on the throat. A light spot on the side of the neck in adult specimens (Hoogmoed 1974: 14). 
CommentSynonymy partly after HOOGMOED 1974. Euprepes aureogularis used to be considered as a synonym of T. albolabris but treated as valid by some recent authors (e.g. Trape et al. 2012). 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “albus, -a, -um” = white and “labrum” = lip. 
  • Allen, K. E., W. P. Tapondjou N., E. Greenbaum, L. J. Welton & A. M. Bauer 2019. High levels of hidden phylogenetic structure within Central and West African Trachylepis skinks. Salamandra 55 (4): 231-241 - get paper here
  • Allen, Kaitlin E.; WALTER P. TAPONDJOU N., LUKE J. WELTON, AARON M. BAUER 2017. A new species of Trachylepis (Squamata: Scincidae) from Central Africa and a key to the Trachylepis of West and Central Africa. Zootaxa 4268 (2): 255–269 - get paper here
  • Hoogmoed, M. S. 1974. Ghanese lizards of the genus Mabuya (Scincidae, Sauria, Reptilia). Zoologische Verhandelingen 138: 1-62 - get paper here
  • Müller,F. 1885. Vierter Nachtrag zum Katalog der herpetologischen Sammlung des Basler Museums. Verh. naturf. Ges. Basel 7: 668-717 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Weinell, J. L., Branch, W. R., Colston, T. J., Jackman, T. R., Kuhn, A., Conradie, W., & Bauer, A. M. 2019. A species-level phylogeny of Trachylepis (Scincidae: Mabuyinae) provides insight into their reproductive mode evolution. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
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