Mabuya mabouya

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Mabuya mabouya
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Mabuya mabouya at Cabrits National Park, Dominica.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia (paraphyletic)
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Mabuya
Species: M. mabouya
Bonnaterre, 1789
Binomial name
Mabuya mabouya
Synonyms

Lacertus mabouya
Lacerta mabouya
Scincus mabouya
Mabuya dominicensis
Tiliqua cepedi
Eumeces mabouia
Mabuia cepedii
Mabuia alliacea
Mabuia luciae
Mabuia agilis
Mabuia agilis var. luciae
Mabuya mabouia
Mabuia dominicana
Mabuya deserticola
Mabuya mabuya
Mabuya pergravis

Mabuya mabouya is a species of skink found on certain islands in the Caribbean. It has shiny, bronze-colored skin, with a pair of light stripes that run along its upper flanks.

It was previously thought to be widespread throughout the Neotropics, but a taxonomic revision in 2005 established it as endemic to the Lesser Antilles. It is common only on Dominica, where it is widespread in coastal regions and can also be found in cultivated areas at high elevations. It also remains present, though very rare, on Grenada,[1] Guadeloupe and Saint Lucia. Populations on Martinique and Barbados are believed to be extinct.

It has been confused with M. bistriata, and so many accounts have attributed M. mabouya populations to M. bistriata. Their relationship is still unclear. On Dominica, it can be confused with Gymnophthalmus pleei or juvenile Ameiva fuscata due to their similar appearance.

References[edit]

  • Evans, Peter G.H.; James, Arlington (1997). Dominica, Nature Island of the Caribbean: Wildlife Checklists. Dominica Ministry of Tourism. p. 20. 
  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S.; Hypolite, Eric; James, Arlington (2007). "A report on the status of the herpetofauna of the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies". Appl. Herpetol. 4: 177–94. doi:10.1163/157075407780681365. 

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