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Trachylepis comorensis (PETERS, 1854)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymEuprepes comorensis PETERS 1854: 619
Euprepes angasijanus PETERS 1882: 73
Mabuya comorensis — ANGEL 1942: 112
Mabuya comorensis — BRYGOO 1981
Mabuya comorensis — MEIRTE 1999
Euprepis comorensis — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis comorensis — BAUER 2003 
DistributionComoro Islands (Mayotte, Nosy Tanikely), Madagascar

Type locality: “Insula Comorensis Anjoana” [= Nzwani, Comoro Island]  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 4982, Anjuan, Comoro Is., collected W. Peters, x.1843. Designation by Brygoo (1981). 
CommentSynonymy: Euprepes angasijanus has been synonymized with Mabuya maculilabris by BOULENGER 1887. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Andreone, F. & Greer, A.E. 2002. Malagasy scincid lizards: descriptions of nine new species, with notes on the morphology, reproduction and taxonomy of some previously described species (Reptilia, Squamata: Scincidae). Journal of Zoology 258, 139-181 - get paper here
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Barbour, T. & LOVERIDGE.A. 1928. A comparative study of the herpetological fauna of the Uluguru and Usambara mountains, Tanzania Territory with descriptions of new species. Mem. Mus. comp. Zool. Cambridge (Massachusetts), 50 (2): 85-265 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Brygoo E. R., 1981. Systematique des Lezards Scincides de la region malgache VIII. Les Mabuya des iles de l'océan Indien occidental: Comores, Europa, Séchelles. Bull. Mus. natn. Hist. Nat. 3: 911–930
  • Hawlitschek, Oliver; Boris Brückmann, Johannes Berger, Katie Green, Frank Glaw 2011. Integrating field surveys and remote sensing data to study distribution, habitat use and conservation status of the herpetofauna of the Comoro Islands. ZooKeys 144: 21-79 - get paper here
  • Köhler,G., Glaw,F. & Vences,M. 1998. First record of Mabuya comorensis (Reptilia: Scincidae) for the Madagascan fauna, with notes on the reptile fauna of the offshore island Nosy Tanikely. Boll. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. 15: 75-82 [1997]
  • Lantermann, W. 2009. Ein interessanter Skink von Changuu-Island in Tanzania. Elaphe 17 (2): 49-52
  • Lima, Alexandra; D. James Harris, Sara Rocha, Aurélien Miralles, Frank Glaw, Miguel Vences 2013. Phylogenetic relationships of Trachylepis skink species from Madagascar and the Seychelles (Squamata: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 67 (3): 615-620 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1923. Notes on East African lizards collected 1920-1923 with the description of two new races of Agama lionotus Blgr. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1923: 935-969 - get paper here
  • Mausfeld,P.; Vences, M. Schmitz, A. & Veith, M. 2000. First data on the molecular phylogeography of scincid lizards of the genus Mabuya. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 17 (1): 11-14 - 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
  • Meirte,D. 1999. In: Louette,M., La faune terrestre de Mayotte. Annales Sciences Zoologiques, Musée Royal de l’Afrique centrale, Tervuren, Belgique 284: 247 pp.
  • Peters,W. 1882. Naturwissenschaftliche Reise nach Mossambique auf Befehl seiner Majestät es Königs Friedrich Wilhelm IV. in den Jahren 1842 bis 1848 ausgefeführt von Wilhelm C. Peters. Zoologie III. Amphibien. Berlin (Reimer), 191pp.
  • Peters,W.C.H. 1854. Diagnosen neuer Batrachier, welche zusammen mit der früher (24. Juli und 17. August) gegebenen Übersicht der Schlangen und Eidechsen mitgetheilt werden. Ber. Bekanntmach. Geeignet. Verhandl. Königl.-Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1854: 614-628
  • 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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