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Trachylepis betsileana (MOCQUARD, 1906)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Betsileo Mabuya 
SynonymMabuia betsileana MOCQUARD 1906
Mabuya betsileana — ANGEL 1942: 109
Mabuya betsileana — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 312
Euprepis betsileana — MAUSFELD & SCHMITZ 2003
Trachylepis betsileana — BAUER 2003 
DistributionMadagascar ?

Type locality: Betafo, province de Betsileo, Madagascar.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1906.0169, Betafo, Petsileo Province, Madagascar, collector unknown. 
CommentSynonymy: May be based on M. perrotetii (see Nussbaum et al. 1999, Greer & Nussbaum 2000).

Distribution: This species hasn't been recorded from Madagascar for about 100 years. It is probably a mislabelled specimen from Africa, not Madagascar.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Greer,A.E. & NUSSBAUM,R.A. 2000. New character useful in the systematics of the scincid lizard genus Mabuya. Copeia 2000 (2): 615-618 - get paper here
  • MAUSFELD, Patrick & Andreas SCHMITZ 2003. Molecular phylogeography, intraspecific variation and speciation of the Asian scincid lizard genus Eutropis Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Reptilia: Scincidae): taxonomic and biogeographic implications. Org. Divers. Evol. 3: 161–171 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Mocquard, F. 1906. Description de quelques espéces nouvelles de Reptiles. Bull. Mus. nat. Hist. nat., Paris 7: 464-466. - get paper here
  • Nussbaum, Ronald A.; Christopher J. Raxworthy & Jean B. RAMANAMANJATO 1999. Additional species of Mabuya Fitzinger (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from Western Madagascar. Journal of Herpetology 33 (2): 264-280 - get paper here
  • Ramanamanjato, J. B., R. A. Nussbaum & C. J. Raxworthy 1999. A new species of Mabuya Fitzinger (Squamata: Scincidae: Lygosominae) from northern Madagascar. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan 728: 1-22 - get paper here
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