Mabuya nigropunctata

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Mabuya nigropunctata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia (paraphyletic)
Subclass: Diapsida
(unranked): Sauria
Infraclass: Lepidosauromorpha
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Scleroglossa
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Mabuya
Species: M. nigropunctata
Spix, 1825
Binomial name
Mabuya nigropunctata
Greer et al., 2000
Synonyms
  • Scincus nigropunctatus - Spix, 1825
  • Copeoglossum cinctum - Tschudi, 1845
  • Mabuia agilis var. nigropunctata - Boulenger, 1887
  • Mabuia aurata - Boulenger, 1887
  • Mabuia agilis - Goeldi, 1902
  • Mabuya agilis agilis - Amaral, 1937
  • Mabuya mabouya mabouya - Dunn, 1935
  • Mabuya mabouia - Rand & Humphrey, 1968
  • Mabuya mabouya - Crump, 1971
  • Mabuya bistriata - Williams & Vanzolini, 1980

Mabuya nigropunctata is a species of skink found in South America. It has shiny bronze or copper skin, with a dark longitudinal stripe along each flank that is often bordered by cream-colored lines.

It was until recently confused with M. bistriata, many populations of which have since been reassigned to M. nigropunctata. It may also be considered a synonym with the closely related M. mabouya, which is found in the Caribbean. This taxonomy has undergone significant revision in recent years and remains unresolved.

It has been recorded as present in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Trinidad, and Tobago.

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