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Trachylepis mekuana (CHIRIO & INEICH, 2000)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymMabuya mekuana CHIRIO & INEICH 2000
Euprepis mekuanus — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis mekuana — BAUER 2003
Trachylepis mekuana — ALLEN et al. 2017 

Type locality: “2700 mètres d'altitude sur la lèvre nord-est du cratère de la partie sommitale du Mont Mekua, Monts Bamboutos, Cameroun (5° 42' Nord, 10° 03' Est)”  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1998.0221, adult male; paratype: MNHN-RA 1998.0222 
CommentSympatry: T. maculilabris is the only other species that occurs above 2000 m elevation in the area where T. mekuana was found. 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
  • Allen, K. E., W. P. Tapondjou N., E. Greenbaum, L. J. Welton & A. M. Bauer 2019. High levels of hidden phylogenetic structure within Central and West African Trachylepis skinks. Salamandra 55 (4): 231-241 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Chirio, L. & I. INEICH 2000. Description d'un nouveau scincidé endémique des montagnes du Cameroun (Lacertilia: Mabuya mekuana). Bull. Soc. zool. Fr., 125(3): 185-196
  • Chirio, L. & Lebreton, M. 2007. Atlas des reptiles du Cameroun. MNHN, IRD, Paris 688 pp.
  • Chirio, Laurent, Ivan Ineich, Andreas Schmitz and Matthew LeBreton. 2008. A new species of Trachylepis Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Scincidae) from Central African forests. African Journal of Herpetology 57(1):13-28 - get paper here
  • Ineich, I. & L. Chirio 2004. L'Archipel Afro-montagne et les affinités de son herpetofaune: description d'une espèce nouvelle indiquant des relations phylétiques entre le Camerun et l'Afrique de l'est (Lacertilia, Scincidae, genre Trachyleps. Bull. Soc. zool. Fr., 129(3): 317-331
  • Kameni, M. M., Gonwouo, L. N., Tapondjou, W. P., Tchassem, A. M., Doherty-Bone, T., Allen, K. E., & Fomena, A. 2022. Status and habitat preferences of montane endemic skinks, genera Lacertaspis, Leptosiaphos, and Trachylepis, in the central Cameroon Volcanic Line. Herpetology Notes, 15, 271-281
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