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Trachylepis rodenburgi (HOOGMOED, 1974)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Rodenburg's Mabuya 
SynonymMabuya rodenburgi HOOGMOED 1974
Mabuya rodenburgi — GREER et al. 2000
Euprepis rodenburgi — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Trachylepis rodenburgi — BAUER 2003 
DistributionGhana, Nigeria

Type locality: Akosombo, Estern Region, Ghana (6° 16’ N, 0° 04’ E)  
TypesHolotype: RMNH 17434 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A small, slender skink with short limbs. Head small and distinctly depressed. A pair of transversely enlarged nuchals is present, supranasals are separated, the prefrontals may be in contact. There are two scales between the fourth supraocular and the anterior supratemporal. The number of lamellae under the fourth toe varies between 19 and 23, that under the fourth finger from 14 to 17. Brown above, with distinctly lighter vertebral and dorsolateral stripes; space in between the vertebral and dorso- lateral stripes with black spots. An indistinct, greyish-white lateral stripe. Ventral parts dirty white. A white area around the ear-opening. Eyelids without a white rim, entirely white (Hoogmoed 1974: 52).

Colour in life. Anterior part of the back brown with four rows of black spots which merge into two bands after a short distance. Dorsolateral stripes gold-coloured. Vertebral stripe light-brown. Flanks grey-brown, a narrow, orange rim around the ear-opening, an orange band from axilla to groin. Chin and throat pale orange. Chest and belly greyish white, tail grey. Iris gold-coloured; tongue pink with a blue spot in front. A white line along the upper eyelid, lower eyelid with an interrupted white line (Hoogmoed 1974: 54). 
EtymologyNamed after W.F. Rodenburg, collector of the type series. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E., Arnold, C. & Arnold, E.N. 2000. The systematic significance of the number of presacral vertebrae in the scincid lizard genus Mabuya. Amphibia-Reptilia 21 (1): 121-126 - get paper here
  • Hoogmoed, M. S. 1974. Ghanese lizards of the genus Mabuya (Scincidae, Sauria, Reptilia). Zoologische Verhandelingen 138: 1-62 - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
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