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Trachylepis punctulata (BOCAGE, 1872)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Speckled Skink, Speckled sand skink 
SynonymEuprepes punctulatus BOCAGE 1872: 76
Mabuya damarana FITZSIMONS 1943: 224 (not PETERS) (part.)
Mabuya longiloba triebneri MERTENS 1954: 179
Mabuya variegata — BROADLEY 1971: 55
Mabuya variegata punctulata — BROADLEY 1975: 7
Mabuya punctulata — BROADLEY 2000: 100
Euprepis punctulatus — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis punctulata — BAUER 2003
Trachylepis punctulata — PORTIK & BAUER 2012
Trachylepis punctulata — LOBÓN-ROVIRA et al. 2022 
DistributionSW Angola, Namibia (excluding the coastal strip and the west, where replaced by M. variegata), W Zambia, botswana, N Cape, N and Free State Provinces of South Africa, NW Zimbabwe, Mozambique south of the Save River.

Type locality: Rio Coroca, sur le littoral de Mossamedes, Angola.

triebneri: Holotypus: SMF45559; male, Type locality: Osona bei Okahandja, Damaraland, SW-Afrika.  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 6478, Rio Coroca, Angola, presented J.V. Barboza du Bocage; MBL 742 (2 specimens). The MBL syntypes were lost in the 1978 fire that destroyed the collection. See Bauer et al. (2003: 277) for discussion. 
  • Bates, M. F. 1988. Life History Note: Mabuya variegata punctulata: Avian Predation. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (34): 48-48 - get paper here
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Bocage, J. V. B. 1872. Diagnoses de quelques espéces nouvelles de Reptiles d'Afrique occidentale. Jorn. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat. Lisboa 4: 72-82. - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. 1971. The reptiles and amphibians of Zambia. The Puku, Occas. Pap. Dept. Wild. Fish. Natl. Parks Zambia 6: 1-143
  • Broadley, D. G. 1974. A review of the Mabuya lacertiformis complex in southern Africa. Arnoldia (Rhodesia) (ser. 7) 18: 1-16
  • 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
  • CONRADIE, W., DOUCETTE-RIISE, S., VANHOOYDONCK, B., ENGELBRECHT, H., MEASEY, G.J., & TOLLEY, K. 2011. Herpetological survey of Rooipoort Nature Reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa. African Herp News (53): 35-41 - get paper here
  • CONRADIE, W., ENGELBRECHT, H., HERREL, A., MEASEY, G.J., NIELSEN, S.V., V ANHOOYDONCK, B., & TOLLEY, K.A. 2011. Reptile survey of Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province - South Africa. African Herp News (55): 6-12 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • 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
  • Huey, R. B., Miles, D. B., & Pianka, E. R. 2021. Seasonality in Kgalagadi Lizards: Inferences from Legacy Data. American Naturalist, - 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)
  • Mertens, R. 1954. Neue Eidechsen aus Südwest—Afrika. Senckenbergiana, 34:175—183
  • Pietersen, Darren W. Pietersen, Errol W. Haacke, Wulf D. 2013. First herpetological appraisal of the Parque Nacional de Banhine, Gaza Province, southern Mozambique. Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History 3: 153-163 - get paper here
  • Portik, Daniel M. & Aaron M. Bauer 2012. Untangling the complex: mole cular patterns in Trachylepis variegata and T. punctulata (Reptilia: Scincidae). African Journal of Herpetology 61 (2): 128-142; DOI:10.1080/21564574.2012.721808 - get paper here
  • SANTOS, B. S. .,MARQUES, M. P. ., BAUER, A. M. ., & CERÍACO, L. M. P. . 2021. Herpetological results of Francisco Newton’s Zoological Expedition to Angola (1903–1906): a taxonomic revision and new records of a forgotten collection. Zootaxa, 5028 (1): 1–80 - get paper here
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