Mabuya

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Mabuyas
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Mabuya mabouya
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia (paraphyletic)
Infraclass: Lepidosauromorpha
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Mabuya
Fitzinger, 1826
Species

31, see text

Mabuya is a genus of long-tailed skinks restricted to species from the Americas. They are primarily carnivorous, though many are omnivorous. The genus is viviparous, having a highly evolved placenta that resembles that of eutherian mammals.[1] Formerly, many Old World species were placed here, as Mabuya was a kind of "wastebasket taxon". These are now placed in the genera Chioninia, Eutropis, and Trachylepis. Under this older classification, the New World species were referred to as "American mabuyas".

The ancestors of the genus are believed to have rafted across the Atlantic from Africa during the last 9 million years.[2]

Species[edit]

Listed alphabetically.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Viviparity in lizards, snakes and mammals
  2. ^ Carranza, S.; Arnold, N. E. (2003-08-05). "Investigating the origin of transoceanic distributions: mtDNA shows Mabuya lizards (Reptilia, Scincidae) crossed the Atlantic twice". Systematics and Biodiversity (Cambridge University Press) 1 (2): 275–282. doi:10.1017/S1477200003001099. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  3. ^ Mabuya, The Reptile Database

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