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Trachylepis boulengeri (STERNFELD, 1911)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Boulenger's Mabuya 
SynonymMabuya diesneri boulengeri STERNFELD 1911: 248
Mabuya maculilabris boulengeri — LOVERIDGE 1953: 2000
Mabuia boulengeri STERNFELD 1911: 248 (fide BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991)
Mabuya boulengeri — STEVENS 1974: 13
Mabuya boulengeri — BROADLEY 1974: 7
Mabuya boulengeri — GREER et al. 2000
Mabuya boulengeri — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 15
Mabuya boulengeri — BROADLEY 2000: 95
Euprepis boulengeri — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis boulengeri — BAUER 2003
Trachylepis boulengeri — CONRADIE et al. 2016
Trachylepis boulengeri — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 135 
DistributionMozambique (south to the Save River) Tanzania, E Zimbabwe, SE Malawi

Type locality: Makonde Plataeu, Lindi District, Tanzania [about 9.4° S, 34° E]  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 22486 
CommentSpecimens collected by Barbault at Kisenyi in Rwanda (MNHN 40-109, Paris) were assigned to M. boulengeri by Angel (1928). Broadley (in Schmidt’s 1919-1923 SSAR reprint) states that they have been re-assigned to M. maculilabris. 
EtymologyNamed after George Albert Boulenger (1858-1937), herpetologist at the British Museum of Natural History, London. 
  • Angel, F. 1928. Mission Guy Babault (1926-1927). Lézards de l’Est Africain. Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris (ser. 2) 34: 246-249 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Branch, W.R.; Rödel, M.-O. & Marais, J. 2005. Herpetological survey of the Niassa Game Reserve, northern Mozambique - Part I: Reptiles. Salamandra 41 (4): 195-214 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. 1974. A review of the Mabuya maculilabris group in South-Eastern Africa (Sauria: Scincidae). Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 6 (23): 1-10
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Broadley, D.G. 2000. A review of the genus Mabuya in southeastern Africa (Sauria: Scincidae). African Journal of Herpetology, 49 (2): 87-110 - get paper here
  • Conradie, Werner; Gabriela B. Bittencourt-Silva, Hanlie M. Engelbrecht, Simon P. Loader, Michele Menegon, Cristóvão Nanvonamuquitxo, Michael Scott, Krystal A. Tolley 2016. Exploration into the hidden world of Mozambique’s sky island forests: new discoveries of reptiles and amphibians. Zoosyst. Evol. 92 (2): 163–180, DOI 10.3897/zse.92.9948 - 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
  • Loveridge, A. 1953. Zoological Results of a fifth expedition to East Africa. III. Reptiles from Nyasaland and Tete. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 110 (3): 142-322. - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1957. On a third collection of reptiles taken in Tanganyika by C.J.P. Ionides, Esq. Tanganyika Notes and Records 43: 1-19
  • Sindaco, R., Metallinou, M., Pupin, F., Fasola, M. & Carranza, S. 2012. Forgotten in the ocean: systematics, biogeography and evolution of the Trachylepis skinks of the Socotra Archipelago. Zoologica Scripta - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Sternfeld, R. 1911. Zur Reptilien-Fauna Deutsch-Ostafrikas. Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturf. Freunde Berlin 1911: 244-251 - get paper here
  • Stevens, R.A. 1974. An annotated check list of the amphibians and reptiles known to occur in south-eastern Malawi. Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 6 (30) 22 pp.
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