Trachylepis dichroma GÜNTHER, WHITING & BAUER, 2005
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Trachylepis dichroma?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Two-coloured skink|
|Synonym||Trachylepis dichroma GÜNTHER, WHITING & BAUER 2005|
Trachylepis dichroma — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 138
Type locality: unknown but thought to be from Dodoma in central Tanzania.
|Types||Holotype: ZMB 67016, purchased from a pet shop in Berlin. Paratypes: ZFMK 71721, subadult female, ZMB|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: SVL of adults 100-120 mm, midbody scale rows 36-38, number of paravertebral scales 52-57 and two keels on dorsal and lateral scales.|
|Etymology||Named after the Greek prefix "di-", denoting two, and the Greek root word "chroma", meaning color. The name dichroma refers to the fact that adult males and females of the new species exhibit two different color patterns, at least during the mating season. During this period (and sometimes over many months) the males exhibit an intensive orange colored venter and a blue throat, while the females exhibit a beige venter and a grey throat.|
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