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Trachylepis laevis (BOULENGER, 1907)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Angolan Blue-tailed Skink 
SynonymMabuya laevis BOULENGER 1907
Oelofsia laevis — STEYN & MITCHELL 1965
Mabuya laevis — WELCH 1982: 86
Mabuya laevis — GREER et al. 2000
Mabuya laevis — GREER & NUSSBAUM 2000
Euprepis laevis — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis laevis — BAUER 2003
Trachylepis laevis — WEINELL et al. 2019 
DistributionNW Namibia (Kaokoveld), S Angola

Type locality: Maconjo, Benguela, Angola, restricted to the vicinity of the streams Conjo, Conjo Pequeno, and Cocumba (12°52’S, 13°21’E, 355 m asl), 20 km south of Uche, Benguela Province, Angola, by Vaz Pinto et al. 2019.  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.8.15.31 (formerly 1906.8.24.71), Maconjo, Benguella, collected Dr W. J. Angorge 
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Branch, William R. & Haacke, Wulf D. 1993. The herpetofauna of the Kamanjab area and adjacent Damaraland, Namibia. Madoqua (Windhoek) 18 (2): 117-145.
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1907. Descriptions of three new lizards and a new frog, discovered by Dr. W. J. Ansorge in Angola. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7) 19: 212—214. - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E., Arnold, C. & Arnold, E.N. 2000. The systematic significance of the number of presacral vertebrae in the scincid lizard genus Mabuya. Amphibia-Reptilia 21 (1): 121-126 - 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
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Lobón-Rovira J, Vaz Pinto P, S. Becker F, Tolley KA, Measey J, Bennet B, Boon B, de Sá S, Conradie W 2022. An updated herpetofaunal species inventory of Iona National Park in southwestern Angola. Check List 18(2): 289-321 - get paper here
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • Paluh DJ, Bauer AM 2017. Comparative skull anatomy of terrestrial and crevice-dwelling Trachylepis skinks (Squamata: Scincidae) with a survey of resources in scincid cranial osteology. PLoS One 12 (9): e0184414 - get paper here
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
  • Sousa, Jackson Cleiton and Costa-Campos, Carlos Eduardo 2016. Erythrolamprus taeniogaster Diet. Herpetological Review 47 (4): 682 - get paper here
  • Steyn, W., and J. L. Mitchell. 1965. A new scincid genus and a new record from South West Africa. Cimbebasia 12: 2-12
  • Vaz Pinto P, Luis Veríssimo L, Branch WR. 2019. Hiding in the bushes for 110 years: rediscovery of an iconic Angolan gecko (Afrogecko ansorgii Boulenger, 1907, Sauria: Gekkonidae). Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13(2) [Special Section]: 29–41 (e182) - get paper here
  • Weinell, J. L., Branch, W. R., Colston, T. J., Jackman, T. R., Kuhn, A., Conradie, W., & Bauer, A. M. 2019. A species-level phylogeny of Trachylepis (Scincidae: Mabuyinae) provides insight into their reproductive mode evolution. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
  • Welch, K.R.G. 1982. Herpetology of Africa; a checklist and bibliography of the orders Amphisbaenia, Sauria, and Serpentes. Robert E. Krieger Pub. Co., Malabar, FL 293 pp.
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