Trachylepis dumasi (NUSSBAUM & RAXWORTHY, 1995)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Mabuya dumasi NUSSBAUM & RAXWORTHY 1995|
Mabuya dumasi — GREER & NUSSBAUM 2000
Euprepis dumasi — MAUSFELD & SCHMITZ 2003
Trachylepis dumasi — BAUER 2003
Trachylepis cf. dumasi — BORA et al. 2010
Type locality: 0.5 km ENE Amboanemba (river crossing 11 linear km S Tranomaro), 24°40' 40"S, 46°27'00" E, 280 m elevation, Amboasary Fivondronana, Toliara (Tulear) Province, Madagascar
|Types||Holotype: UMMZ 203663.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A Mabuya with lower eyelid undivided and bearing a large transparent disk; subocular rectangular, not narrowed below by intrusion of adjacent anterior supralabial; scales of soles not spinose; subdigital scales acarinate; dorsum and dorsolateral surfaces of body and tail brown without longitudinal stripes and large white spots, but with scattered, tiny black spots confined to individual scales; dorsum of head and neck also brown without large white spots and stripes, but with a few tiny black spots; a row of 5 to 7 prominent white spots along each side of neck beginning just below eye, extending posteriorly across ear opening, and ending above forelimb, white spots fused into white line in places; wide, dark brown to black, dorsolateral stripe on neck above and coextensive with row of white spots. Mabuya dumasidiffers from M. elegans, M. gravenhorsti,and M. madagascariensis by having a rectangular subocular (trapezoidal in the latter three species); from M. aureopunctata and M. vato in lacking white spots on the dorsum of the head, neck, and anterior half of the body; further from M. aureopunctata in size, the maximum SVL of the latter is 82 mm, whereas the largest known M. dumasiis 55 mm SVL; and further from M. vato in having a brown rather than a black head and in having a brown body and tail rather than a reddish bronze posterior body and tail; from M. betsileana and M. boettgeriin having the distinctive pattern of white spots on the sides of the head and neck, which are lacking in these two species; and further from M. boettgeriin lacking the longitudinal light and dark stripes on the neck and body of that species.|
|Comment||Syntopy: T. aureopunctata, T. elegans, T. gravenhorsti, and T. vato.|
|Etymology||Named after Philip C. Dumas.|
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