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Trachylepis langheldi (STERNFELD, 1917)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Langheld’s Skink 
SynonymMabuya quinquetaeniata langheldi STERNFELD 1917
Mabuya langheldi — BÖHME 1985
Trachylepis langheldi — BÖHME 2014: 154
Trachylepis langheldi — ALLEN et al. 2017 
DistributionCameroon, Mali, Ivory Coast

Type locality: Garua, N Cameroon (”Garoua” fide Böhme 2014: 154)  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 20778, 57857, 57876, Garua, N Cameroon, collected by F. Langheld; ZFMK 41352, 41353 (formerly part of ZMB 20778); Paratypes: ZFMK, ZMB; other specimens in MNHN (Paris). 
CommentThe status of this taxon is not clear. It seems to differ from T. quinquetaeniata only by the colour of the throat of adult males (white or unpatterned for langheldi vs blackish for quinquetaeniata in West Africa) but since throat color is quite a variable trait, langheldi could be a color morph of quinquetaeniata (JF Trape, pers. comm., 30 April 2019).
  • Allen, Kaitlin E.; WALTER P. TAPONDJOU N., LUKE J. WELTON, AARON M. BAUER 2017. A new species of Trachylepis (Squamata: Scincidae) from Central Africa and a key to the Trachylepis of West and Central Africa. Zootaxa 4268 (2): 255–269 - get paper here
  • Böhme, W. 1985. Zoogeographical patterns of the lizard fauna of the African subsaharan savanna belt, with preliminary description of a new chameleon. In: Schuchmann, Karl-L. (Hrsg.): Proceedings of the International Symposium on African Vertebrates. Systematics, Phylogeny and Evolutionary Ecology. - Museum A. Koenig (Bonn), Vol. 4: 471-478.
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Sternfeld, R. 1917. Reptilia und Amphibia. In: Schubotz, H. (Hrsg.): Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Zweiten Deutschen Zentral-Afrika-Expedition, 1910-1911 unter Führung Adolph Friedrichs, Herzog zu Mecklenburg. Leipzig: Klinkhardt & Biermann, [Band] 1, Zoologie, Lieferung 11; S. 407-510. - get paper here
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