Trachylepis wrightii (BOULENGER, 1887)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Subspecies||Trachylepis wrightii ilotensis (RENDAHL 1939)|
Trachylepis wrightii wrightii (BOULENGER 1887)
|Common Names||E: Wright's Mabuya|
|Synonym||Mabuya wrightii BOULENGER 1887|
Mabuya wrightii — BRYGOO 1981
Mabuya wrightii — GREER et al. 2000
Trachylepis wrightii — HEDGES 2012 (pers. comm.)
Trachylepis wrightii ilotensis (RENDAHL 1939)
Mabuia wrightii ilotensis RENDAHL 1939: 294
Type locality: Seychelles
|Types||Lectotype: BMNH 19184.108.40.206 (formerly 220.127.116.11), Seychelles, presented Dr E.P. Wright Designated by Brygoo (1981).|
Holotype: NRM 4006, fide Rendahl 1939; paratype: NRM 8403, in online catalog; numbers after colons in the description by Rendahl are Rendahl’s personal IDs to distinguish specimens and are not part of the actual registration numbers [ilotensis]
|Comment||Mitochondrial DNA genealogy rendered a monophyletic T. wrightii nested within a paraphyletic T. sechellensis, whereas nuclear DNA sequences from ﬁve unlinked|
markers reﬂected the accepted taxonomy (Rocha et al. 2016).
The most evident distinction between T. sechellensis and T. wrightii is their adult body size. Trachylepis wrightii is a ‘gigantic’ form; larger and heavy bodied, reaching 138 mm while T. sechellensis only reaches 107 mm (Gerlach, 2005, 2007). They also differ in several other morphometric and pholidotic characters (Gerlach, 2007), as well as in coloration pattern. The two species are therefore very easily distinguished in the ﬁeld, even as juveniles.
|Etymology||Named after Dr. Edward Perceval Wright (1834-1910), Professor of Zoology, Trinity College, Dublin. He was a physician, marine zoologist, botanist, and a naturalist who visited the Seychelles (1868).|
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