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Trachylepis madagascariensis (MOCQUARD, 1908)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Malagasy Mabuya 
SynonymMabuia madagascariensis MOCQUARD 1908: 260
Mabuya madagascariensis — ANGEL 1942: 113
Mabuya madagascariensis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 312
Mabuya madagascariensis — GREER & NUSSBAUM 2000
Euprepis madagascariensis — MAUSFELD & SCHMITZ 2003
Trachylepis madagascariensis — BAUER 2003 
DistributionMadagascar (elevation up to more than 2000 m).

Type locality: unknown (fide BRYGOO 1985). Madagascar (Brygoo 1984: 1098)  
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 1907.0085 (BRYGOO, 1984a : 1098) 
CommentHabitat: Mabuya madagascariensis is a species of high elevations (1600-2400 m). It is a ground-dweller found only in grassy areas close to montane heathland on the High Plateau. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Andreone, F. & Greer, A.E. 2002. Malagasy scincid lizards: descriptions of nine new species, with notes on the morphology, reproduction and taxonomy of some previously described species (Reptilia, Squamata: Scincidae). Journal of Zoology 258, 139-181 - get paper here
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • 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
  • Brygoo, E.R. 1985. Les types des scincidés (Reptiles, Sauriens) du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, catalogue critique. Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. (4e sér.) 7 (sect. A 3), suppl.: 1-126
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Lima, Alexandra; D. James Harris, Sara Rocha, Aurélien Miralles, Frank Glaw, Miguel Vences 2013. Phylogenetic relationships of Trachylepis skink species from Madagascar and the Seychelles (Squamata: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 67 (3): 615-620 - get paper here
  • MAUSFELD, Patrick & Andreas SCHMITZ 2003. Molecular phylogeography, intraspecific variation and speciation of the Asian scincid lizard genus Eutropis Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Reptilia: Scincidae): taxonomic and biogeographic implications. Org. Divers. Evol. 3: 161–171 - get paper here
  • Mocquard, F. 1908. Description de quelques reptiles et d’un batracien nouveaux de la collection du Muséum. Bulletin du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 14:259-262 - get paper here
  • Nussbaum, R.A. & C.J. Raxworthy 1995. A new Mabuya (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) of the aureopunctata-group from southern Madagascar. Journal of Herpetology 29 (1): 28-38 - get paper here
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