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Trachylepis casuarinae (BROADLEY, 1974)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Casuarina Island Skink 
SynonymMabuya maculilabris casuarinae BROADLEY 1974: 8
Mabuya casuarinae BROADLEY 2000: 94
Trachylepis maculilabris casuarinae — ROCHA et al. 2010
Trachylepis maculilabris casuarinae — HAWLITSCHEK et al. 2011 
DistributionCasuarinae Island, one of the Primeiras group, off the north Mozambique coast. Known only from the type locality

Type locality: Casuarinae Island, West Africa; known only from the type locality  
TypesHolotype: NMZB (formerly UM 24077 = Umtali Museum), adult male 
CommentRelationships: Genetic studies by Mausfeld-Lafdhiya et al. (2004) and Rocha et al. (2010) show that the subspecies T. maculilabris casuarinae from Casuarina Island off the coast of North Mozambique is nested within T. comorensis and thus most likely represents a recent colonization event. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • 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. 2000. A review of the genus Mabuya in southeastern Africa (Sauria: Scincidae). African Journal of Herpetology, 49 (2): 87-110 - get paper here
  • Hawlitschek, O.; F. Glaw & D. Rödder 2012. Pemba – Herpetologische Fundgrube im Indischen Ozean. Reptilia (Münster) 17 (97): 97-109 - get paper here
  • Mausfeld-Lafdhiya, P.; Schmitz, A.; Ineich, I.; Chirio, L. 2004. Genetic Variation in Two African Euprepis Species (Reptilia, Scincidae), Based on Maximum-Likelihood and Bayesian Analyses: Taxonomic and Biogeographic Conclusions. Bonner Zoologische Beitrage 52 (1-2): 159-177 - get paper here
  • Rocha, Sara; Carretero, Miguel A.; Harris, D. James 2010. Genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships of Mabuya spp. (Squamata: Scincidae) from western Indian Ocean islands. Amphibia-Reptilia 31: 375-385 - get paper here
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