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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Short-necked Skink, Sudan Mabuya 
SynonymEuprepes brevicollis WIEGMANN 1837: 133
Euprepes pyrrhocephalus WIEGMANN 1837: 133 (fide BOULENGER 1887)
Scincus cryptocephalus EHRENBERG in STRESEMANN 1954 (nomen nudum)
Eupressis perrottetii BLANFORD 1870
Mabuia pulchra MATSCHIE 1893
Mabuya chanleri STEJNEGER 1893: 721 (fide BOULENGER 1896)
Mabuia brevicollis — ANDERSON 1896: 47
Mabuia brevicollis chanleri — NEUMANN 1905
Mabuia brevicollis — TORNIER 1905: 385
Mabuia Rotschildi MOCQUARD 1905: 286 (fide BRYGOO 1985: 92)
Mabuya brevicollis CALABRESI 1915: 241
Mabuya somalica CALABRESI 1915: 242
Mabuia somalica — SCORTECCI 1929: 259
Mabuia brevicollis — SCORTECCI 1929: 324
Mabuya brevicollis — LOVERIDGE 1936: 67
Mabuya brevicollis — DREWES 1972
Mabuya brevicollis — ARNOLD 1986
Mabuya brevicollis — GREER et al. 2000
Euprepis brevicollis — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis brevicollis — BAUER 2003
Mabuya brevicollis — CIMATTI 2006
Mabuya brevicollis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Mabuya brevicollis — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010
Trachylepis brevicollis — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 137 
DistributionSudan (Jumhūriyyat), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman

Type locality: “Abyssinia” = Eritrea; the precise locality is probably Massawa [= Mitsiwa] (fide SCHÄTTI & GASPERETTI 1994) or Hauakil [= Howakil Island], Eritrea (fide SCHÄTTI & GÜNTHER 2001).  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 1221-1222
Syntypes: ZMB 1219-1220, from the Ashiq islets [pyrrhocephalus]
Holotype: MNHN (= MHNP) 1905.165 [rohschildi]
Holotype: USNM 20104 [Mabuya chanleri] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Large, to about 140 mm snout-vent length; scales on neck, back and flanks each with double keel; 5 upper labials from snout to subocular. 1st supraocular in contact with frontal shield; young usually boldly blotched; adults more or less uniform, males often having dark, light-spotted heads (Fig. 6) (Arnold, 1986a:429; Leviton et al., 1992, Bahmani et al. 2016). 
CommentPlate V.2 in Tornier 1899. Peters (1864) considered Euprepes pyrrhocephalus as a valid species. Anderson (1895) concluded that pyrrhocephalus and brevicollis represent male and female of the same species. 
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