Trachylepis striata

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African striped skink
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T. s. striata in Kruger NP, South Africa
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T. s. wahlbergi at Lusaka, Zambia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Trachylepis
Species: T. striata
Binomial name
Trachylepis striata
(Peters, 1844)
Synonyms

Mabuya striata
Euprepes striata

The African striped skink (Trachylepsis striata), commonly called the striped skink, is a lizard in the skink family (Scincidae). The species is widespread in East Africa and southern Africa. It is not a close relation to the Australian striped skink, Ctenotus taeniolatus.

Description[edit]

This skink is brown or bronze coloured with two yellowish stripes that run lengthwise on either side of the spine. Both sexes grow to a length of 25 cm.[1] Their tails are often missing due to predators.

Range and races[edit]

There are two races, the nominate with an eastern, and wahlbergi with a southwesterly distribution:[2]

  • Trachylepis striata striata (Peters, 1844) – Eastern striped skink
Range: South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, DRC, Malawi, se Zambia, se Zimbabwe, ne South Africa, Swaziland
  • Trachylepis striata wahlbergi (Peters, 1869) – Wahlberg’s striped skink
Range: s Angola, n Namibia, n Botswana, Zambia, w & n Zimbabwe, adjacent Zambezi valley in Mozambique[2]

Former races T. s. punctatissima and T. s. sparsa have been elevated to species level.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spawls S, Howell KM, Drewes RC. Reptiles and Amphibians of East Africa, Princeton:Princeton University Press, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c Hallermann, Jakob; Uetz, Peter. "Trachylepis striata (PETERS, 1844)". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 

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