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Trachylepis mlanjensis (LOVERIDGE, 1953)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Mulanje Skink 
SynonymMabuya bocagii mlanjensis LOVERIDGE 1953: 207
Mabuya gruetzneri mlanjensis — STEVENS 1974: 14
Mabuya striata punctatissimus — BROADLEY 1977: 64 (part.) (not A. SMITH)
Mabuya striata punctatissima — PATTERSON 1990: 232 (not A. SMITH)
Mabuya mlanjensis — BROADLEY 2000: 103
Euprepis mlanjensis — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis mlanjensis — BAUER 2003 
DistributionS Malawai (Mulanje Mountain; Dedza Mountain on the western side of the rift valley).

Type locality: Lichenya Plateau, 6000 feet, Mlanje Mountain, Nyasaland [= Mulanje Mountain, Malawi].  
TypesHolotype: MCZ R-50692 
CommentSympatric with M. striata at the foot of Mulanje Mountain.

Synonymy: Removed from synonymy with M. striata punctatissima by BROADLEY 2000. Weinell et al. 2019 found that Trachylepis mlanjensis nests within T. striata 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Broadley, D. G. 1977. A review of the Mabuya striata complex in South-East Africa (Sauria: Scincidae). Occ. Pap. Nat. Mus. and Mon. Rhodesia 6B (2): 45-79
  • Broadley, D.G. 2000. A review of the genus Mabuya in southeastern Africa (Sauria: Scincidae). African Journal of Herpetology, 49 (2): 87-110 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1953. Zoological Results of a fifth expedition to East Africa. III. Reptiles from Nyasaland and Tete. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 110 (3): 142-322. - get paper here
  • Patterson, J.W. 1990. Female reproductive cycles in two subspecies of the tropical lizard Mabuya striata. Oecologia 84: 232-237 - get paper here
  • Stevens, R.A. 1974. An annotated check list of the amphibians and reptiles known to occur in south-eastern Malawi. Arnoldia (Rhodesia) 6 (30) 22 pp.
  • 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
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