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Trachylepis bocagii (BOULENGER, 1887)

IUCN Red List - Trachylepis bocagii - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Bocage’s Skink 
SynonymMabuya bocagii BOULENGER 1887: 203
Mabuya bocagii bocagii — HELLMICH 1957: 61
Mabuya bocagii — GREER et al. 2000
Euprepis bocagii — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis bocagii — BAUER 2003 
DistributionAngola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.15.27 (formerly, Duque de Braganca, Angola, presented J.V. Barboza du Bocage; 1946.8.15.30 (formerly, Angola, collected Dr Welwitsch;, Pungo Adongo, collected Dr Welwitsch; MNHN 1286 (1866.71, 2798a), Duque de Braganca, presented MBL (as Euprepes quinquaeniatus); ZMB 6479, Duque de Braganca, Angola, donated J.V. Barboza du Bocage. See Bauer et al. (2003: 276) for discussion. Other types were likely to have been in MBL, destroyed by fire in 1978. T. bocagii is in part based on the specimens assigned to Euprepes quinquetaeniatus by Bocage (1867). 
CommentDistribution: not in East Africa (i.e. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi fide S. Spawls, pers. comm., 28 June 2018). Not listed for Tanzania by BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991. 
EtymologyNamed after José Vicente Barboza du Bocage (Funchal, 1823-Lisboa, 1907), Portugese naturalist. 
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - 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
  • Hellmich, W. 1957. Herpetologische Ergebnisse einer Forschungsreise in Angola. Veröff. Zool. Staatssammlung München 5: 1-91 - get paper here
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
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