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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesTrachylepis sulcata ansorgii (BOULENGER 1907)
Trachylepis sulcata sulcata (PETERS 1867) 
Common NamesWestern Rock Skink
ansorgi: Ansorge’s Rock Skink 
SynonymEuprepes olivaceus PETERS 1862: 21
Euprepes sulcatus PETERS 1867: 20 (replacement name for E. olivaceus)
Mabuya sulcata (PETERS 1867, fide BAUER 1995)
Mabuia sulcata — WERNER 1910: 345
Trachylepis sulcata nigra (WERNER 1915)
Mabuya sulcata — GREER et al. 2000
Mabuya sulcata — KABISCH 2000
Euprepis sulcatus — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Mabuya sulcata — BAUER & BRANCH 2003
Trachylepis sulcata — BAUER 2003
Mabuya sulcata — COOPER 2005
Trachylepis sulcata sulcata — BATES et al. 2014: 267
Trachylepis sulcata sulcata — BUTLER et al. 2019

Trachylepis sulcata ansorgii (BOULENGER 1907)
Mabuia ansorgii BOULENGER 1907: 213
Mabuya bocagei ansorgei — LAURENT 1947: 8
Mabuya sulcata ansorgii — HELLMICH 1957: 64
Trachylepis sulcata ansorgii — PORTIK et al. 2010
Trachylepis sulcata ansorgii —WEINELL et al. 2019
Trachylepis sulcata ansorgii — BUTLER et al. 2019 
DistributionNamibia, Republic of South Africa (Karroid areas of the Cape and adjacent OFS), SW Angola

Type locality: Neu-Barmen [= Otjimbingue, Namibia], by implication [Euprepes olivaceus].

ansorgi: Angola; Terra typica: Caeonda, Benguella, Angola.

nigra: Lüderitz Bay, SC Namibia.  
Reproductionapparently both oviparous and viviparous reproduction (Shine 1985) 
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 4209 (n = 3), 4210 (n = 3), Neu Barmen (=Gross Barmen, Namibia), collected C.H. Hahn. Another syntype is possibly MNHN 1470 (1867.133, 2792a), presented by ZMB (see Brygoo, 1985).
Holotype: BMNH 1946.8.3.33 (formerly 1906.8.24.62), Caconda, Benguella, collected Dr. W.J. Ansorge. [ansorgii]
Syntypes: ZMB 4209, 4210, MNHN 1470 ? (fide BRYGOO 1985) [Euprepes olivaceus] 
CommentStatus of subspecies ansorgii and nigra unclear. 
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