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Trachylepis brauni (TORNIER, 1902)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Braun's Mabuya 
SynonymMabuia brauni TORNIER 1902: 585
Mabiua [sic] hildae LOVERIDGE 1953: 209 (fide BROADLEY 2000)
Mabuya varia brauni — LOVERIDGE 1957
Mabuya brauni hildae — BROADLEY 1977: 62
Mabuya hildae — WELCH 1982: 85
Mabuya brauni — MEERMAN 1984: 175
Mabuya brauni — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 15
Mabuya brauni — BROADLEY 2000
Mabuya hildae — GREER et al. 2000
Euprepis hildae — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Euprepis brauni — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis brauni — BAUER 2003
Trachylepis brauni — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 136 
DistributionSW Tanzania (Mt. Kinga)

Type locality: Ukinga Mts., Tanzania.

hildae: Malawi (Nyika Plateau); Type locality: Njika Plateau, Nyasaland  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 17109
Holotype: MCZ R-50684 [hildae] 
EtymologyNamed after Rudolf H. Braun (b. 1908) was a German collector in Angola and southern Africa. He wrote Beiträge zur Biologie der Vögel von Angola (1930). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. 1977. A review of the Mabuya striata complex in South-East Africa (Sauria: Scincidae). Occ. Pap. Nat. Mus. and Mon. Rhodesia 6B (2): 45-79
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Meerman, J. 1984. Mabuya brauni hildae Loveridge 1953 considered a synonym of M. brauni Tornier 1902 (Sauria: Scincidae). Amphibia-Reptilia 5 (2): 173-175 - get paper here
  • Meerman, J.C. 1979. Enkele herpetologische waarnemingen in Tanzania. Lacerta 37 (10-11): 154-163 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Tornier,G. 1902. Herpetologisch Neues aus Deutsch-Ostafrika. Zool. Jahrb. Syst. 15: 578-590 - 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
  • Welch, K.R.G. 1982. Herpetology of Africa; a checklist and bibliography of the orders Amphisbaenia, Sauria, and Serpentes. Robert E. Krieger Pub. Co., Malabar, FL 293 pp.
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