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Trachylepis elegans (PETERS, 1854)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesTrachylepis elegans elegans (PETERS 1854)
Trachylepis elegans delphinensis (BRYGOO 1983) 
Common NamesE: Elegant Mabuya 
SynonymEuprepes elegans PETERS 1854: 619
Euprepes sakalava GRANDIDIER 1872: 8
Mabuia elegans — ANDERSSON 1910: 9
Mabuya elegans — ANGEL 1942: 114
Mabuya sakalava — ANGEL 1942: 115
Mabuya elegans — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 309
Euprepis elegans — MAUSFELD et al 2002
Trachylepis elegans — BAUER 2003

Trachylepis elegans delphinensis (BRYGOO 1983)
Mabuya elegans delphinensis BRYGOO 1983
Mabuya elegans delphinensis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 309 
DistributionMadagascar, Nosy Faly

Type locality: “Madagascar (St. Augustins-Bay)”

Type locality: Fort Dauphin [delphinensis]  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 5526 (designated by BRYGOO 1983)
Holotype: MNHN-RA 1930.0328D; paratypes: MNHN-RA 1930.0328, MNHN-RA 1930.0328A-C, MNHN-RA 1901.0166, MNHN-RA 1901.0168, MNHN-RA 8220, MNHN-RA 8220A-B, CNHM = FMNH [delphinensis] 
CommentBrygoo (1983) placed Mabuya sakalava in the synonymy of M. elegans.

Distribution: see map in Vences et al. 2014: 482 (Fig. 3) 
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  • Belluardo F, Quirós DD, Lobón-Rovira J, Rosa GM, Rasoazanany M, Andreone F, Crottini A 2021. Uncovering the herpetological diversity of small forest fragments in south-eastern Madagascar (Haute Matsiatra). Zoosystematics and Evolution 97(2): 315-343 - get paper here
  • Boumans, Louis; David R. Vieites, Frank Glaw and Miguel Vences 2007. Geographical patterns of deep mitochondrial differentiation in widespread Malagasy reptiles. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45 (3): 822-839 - get paper here
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  • Lima, Alexandra; Aurélien Miralles, Frank Glaw, Juliane Ahlburg, Miriam Börner, Jan Felix Hoven, Bastian Kruse, Florian Küssner, Mandy Ludwig, Franziska Molde, Annika-Marisa Michel, Katrin Müller, Supak Panpeng, Carmen Schneider, Julia Worm and Migue 2014. A preliminary assessment of morphological differentiation between two common Malagasy skink species, Trachylepis elegans and T. gravenhorstii. Herpetology Notes 7: 247-260 - get paper here
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