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Trachylepis ferrarai (LANZA, 1978)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Ferrara's Mabuya 
SynonymMabuya ferrarai LANZA 1978
Mabuya ferrarai — GREER & NUSSBAUM 2000
Euprepis ferrarai — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis ferrarai — BAUER 2003 
DistributionS Somalia (coastal areas)

Type locality: about 6 km E of Afgoi (about 02°06'N, 45°11'E, SE Somalia)  
TypesHolotype: MZUF 6721, adult male (= Museo Zoologico dell'Universita di Firenze) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. An apparently medium-sized (body length of the two only known specimens = male 67 mm, female 75 mm), maculilabris-like Mabuya, with: lower eyelid with an undivided disk; scales on the sole not spinose; a single subocular bordering the lip, not narrowed appreciably inferiorly; upper head-shields smooth, with only a very faint indication of rugosity; anterior border of the nostril just above the vertical of the suture between the rostral and the 1st labial; frontoparietals, parietals and interparietal distinct; a postnasal resting on the 1st labial; dorsal midbody scales usually with 7-9 keels; 30 scales round the body, midway axilla to groin; four supraoculars; lower anterior temporal one and half times as long as the underlying (7th) supralabial; 42 transverse series of scales between the nuchals and the base of the tail (at the level of the posterior connection of the hindlimbs); 49 (d')-51 (<.i?) transverse rows of scales between the 1st pair of chin-shields and the precloacal shields; tail length less than twice the snout-body length; adult specimens brown above with some small irregular dark spots on the trunk and tail, two faint light latero-dorsal stripes, a dark streak (passing under the eye) between the loreal region and ear-opening, upper and lower labials ivory- white and almost all with a partially dark posterior margin, underparts immaculate. 
EtymologyNamed after “my friend Dr Franco Ferrara (Centro di Studio per la Faunistica ed Ecologia Tropicali del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Firenze), to whom we are indebted for a number of valuable contributions on the African land Isopoda.” 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Greer,A.E. & NUSSBAUM,R.A. 2000. New character useful in the systematics of the scincid lizard genus Mabuya. Copeia 2000 (2): 615-618 - get paper here
  • Lanza B 1978. Mabuya ferrarai, a new scincoid lizard from Somalia. Monitore Zoologico Italiano supplemento 11(12) 1978: 271-280 - get paper here
  • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: check list and biogeography. Biogeographia, 14: 407-465 [1988] - get paper here
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