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Trachylepis bensonii (PETERS, 1867)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Benson's Mabuya 
SynonymEuprepes (Euprepis) Bensonii PETERS 1867: 20
Mabuya bensoni — GREER et al. 2000
Euprepis bensonii — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis bensonii — BAUER 2003 
DistributionLiberia, Sierra Leone

Type locality: “Liberia”  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 5089 
EtymologyNamed after Stephen Alien Benson (1816-1865), President of Liberia (1856-1864). Benson was born in Maryland, USA, to freeborn African-American parents. In 1822 his family moved to the newly created country of Liberia. Benson became a successful businessman and private secretary to Thomas Buchanan (Liberia's last white governor). After Liberian independence, he became a judge. He became Vice President (1853), then President (Beolens et al. 2011). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E., Arnold, C. & Arnold, E.N. 2000. The systematic significance of the number of presacral vertebrae in the scincid lizard genus Mabuya. Amphibia-Reptilia 21 (1): 121-126 - get paper here
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1867. Herpetologische Notizen. Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1867 (Januar): 13-37 - 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
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