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Taxonomy of the family Scincidae
Bibliography of the genus Mabuya
Biodiversity of the family Scincidae








Genus
Mabuya

Antillean Two-lined Skinks

Karibische Zweistreifenskinke

Caribiske Tostribede Skinker

1826 Mabuya Fitzinger (type species: Mabuya dominicensis Fitzinger 1826)
1829 Mabouia Cuvier [invalid emendation] (Smith & Chiszar 1989)
1829 Mabuia Cuvier [invalid emendation] (Smith & Chiszar 1989)
1839 Mabouya Dumeril & Bibron [invalid emendation] (Smith & Chiszar 1989)
Contents: 9 species, all of which are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Other common names (no longer recommended): Grass Skinks, Typical Skinks, Rainbow Skinks, Sun Skinks, Common Skinks, Mabuyas.
Remarks: Previously a repository genus, including the species or populations now assigned to Alinea, Aspronema, Brasiliscincus, Capitellum, Chioninia, Eutropis, Exila, Manciola, Maracaiba, Marisora, Notomabuya, Orosaura, Panopa, Psychosaura, Trachylepis, and Varzea. Mausfeld, Schmitz, Böhme, Misof, Vrcibradic & Rocha (2002) first proposed a splitting of Mabuya into the genera Mabuya (restricted sense), Chioninia (for Cape Verde species), Euprepis - now Trachylepis - (for Afro-Malagasy species and atlanticus, a species from Fernando do Noronha Islands, Brazil), and Eutropis (for Asian species), thus restricting Mabuya to the New World. Although some authors declined to use the proposed genera (e.g., Jesus, Brehm & Harris 2005a; Largen & Rasmussen 2006), most recent works have adopted the arrangement. Bauer (2003) showed that Euprepis is a synonym of Mabuya (in the restricted sense) and that the next available name for the Afro-Malagasy species plus atlantica is Trachylepis. Hedges & Conn (2012) further split up Mabuya by revalidating the genera Copeoglossum and Spondylurus, and describing thirteen new genera: Alinea, Aspronema, Brasiliscincus, Capitellum, Exila, Manciola, Maracaiba, Marisora, Notomabuya, Orosaura, Panopa, Psychosaura, and Varzea. Some authors have critisized this taxonomic arragement and retained the taxonomy in use before then, pending further studies (e.g., Pinto-Sánchez, Calderón-Espinosa, Miralles, Crawford & Ramírez-Pinilla 2015). A recently discovered population in Isles des Saintes, Guadeloupe (Angin & Gomès 2015) are as yet unassigned to species level.
Distribution: Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe (main island, Desirade, Iles de la Petite Terre [Terre-de-Bas], Iles des Saintes [Terre-de-Bas, Terre-de-Haut], Ilet-à-Cochons), Martinique, Montserrat.

Mabuya cochonae

Cochons Skink

Cochons-Skink

Cochons-skink

2012 Mabuya cochonae Hedges & Conn
Mabuya desiradae cochonae Massary, Bochaton, Dewynter, Frétey, Ineich, Lorvelec, Vidal & Lescure 2021

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of desiradae (Miralles, Gomes, Angin & Ibéné 2017). Revalidated by Hedges, Lorvelec, Barré, Vidal & Pavis (2019). Possibly extinct (Hedges, Lorvelec, Barré, Berchel, Combot, Vidal & Pavis 2016).
Distribution: Guadeloupe (Ilet-à-Cochons).





Mabuya desiradae

Desirade Skink

Desirade-Skink

Desirade-skink

2012 Mabuya desiradae Hedges & Conn

Remarks: Previously included cochonae, grandisterrae, guadeloupae, and parviterrae. Formerly regarded as a population of mabouya (e.g., Schwartz & Henderson 1988; Henderson & Powell 2009), Spondylurus sloanii (e.g., Mayer & Lazell 2000) or Varzea bistriata (e.g., Powell, Henderson, Adler & Dundee 1996; Malhotra & Thorpe 1999).
Distribution: ### Guadeloupe (main island, Desirade, Iles de la Petite Terre [Terre-de-Bas], Iles des Saintes [Terre-de-Bas, Terre-de-Haut], Ilet-à-Cochons).


Mabuya dominicana

Dominica Skink

Dominicanischer Skink

Dominicansk Skink

1887 Mabuia dominicana Garman

Remarks: Previously regarded as a population of mabouya (e.g., Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970; Schwartz & Henderson 1988; Henderson & Powell 2009), Spondylurus sloanii (e.g., Mayer & Lazell 2000) or Varzea bistriata (e.g., Powell, Henderson, Adler & Dundee 1996; Malhotra & Thorpe 1999), although regarded as a valid species by Barbour (1914, 1930). Revalidated by Hedges & Conn (2012).
Distribution: Dominica.


Mabuya grandisterrae

Grande-Terre Skink

Grande-Terre-Skink

Grande-Terre-skink

2012 Mabuya grandisterrae Hedges & Conn
Mabuya desiradae grandisterrae Massary, Bochaton, Dewynter, Frétey, Ineich, Lorvelec, Vidal & Lescure 2021

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of desiradae (Miralles, Gomes, Angin & Ibéné 2017). Revalidated by Hedges, Lorvelec, Barré, Vidal & Pavis (2019). Possibly extinct (Powell & Henderson (eds.) 2012; Hedges, Lorvelec, Barré, Berchel, Combot, Vidal & Pavis 2016).
Distribution: Guadeloupe.





Mabuya guadeloupae

Basse-Terre Skink, Guadeloupe Skink

Basse-Terre-Skink

Basse-Terre-skink

2012 Mabuya guadeloupae Hedges & Conn
Mabuya desiradae guadeloupae Massary, Bochaton, Dewynter, Frétey, Ineich, Lorvelec, Vidal & Lescure 2021

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of desiradae (Miralles, Gomes, Angin & Ibéné 2017). Revalidated by Hedges, Lorvelec, Barré, Vidal & Pavis (2019). Possibly extinct (Hedges, Lorvelec, Barré, Berchel, Combot, Vidal & Pavis 2016).
Distribution: Guadeloupe.





Mabuya hispaniolae

Hispaniolan Two-lined Skink

Hispaniolischer Zweistreifen-Skink

Hispaniolansk Tostribet Skink

2012 Mabuya hispaniolae Hedges & Conn

Remarks: Previously regarded as a population of Spondylurus sloanii (e.g., Schwartz & Henderson 1988; Mayer & Lazell 2000; Henderson & Powell 2009) or Varzea bistriata (e.g., Powell, Henderson, Adler & Dundee 1996).
Distribution: Dominican Republic.


Mabuya mabouya

Greater Martinique Skink

Großer Martinique-Skink

Stor Martinique-skink

1789 Lacerta mabouya Bonnaterre
Scincus mabouya Daudin 1803
Mabuya mabouya Fitzinger 1826
Eumeces mabouya Duméril & Bibron 1839
1820 Scincus cepedii Merrem (Hedges & Conn 2012)
Tiliqua cepedii Cocteau 1837
Mabouya cepedii Gray 1845
1826 Mabuya dominicensis Fitzinger (Hedges & Conn 2012)

Remarks: This species has a history of confusion. In older literature, it was thought to occur from Mexico through Central and South America to the West Indies (e.g., Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970). Hoogmoed & Gruber (1983) showed that the type specimen of mabouya is not representative of any neotropical skink, but they did not fully resolve the status of the species. The species is now known to occur only in Martinique, where it is possibly extinct (Hedges & Conn 2012; Powell & Henderson (eds.) 2012). After it was realized that other West Indian and Neotropical populations could no longer be included in the species mabouya, the names Mabuya bistriata (now Varzea bistriata) and M. sloanii (now Spondylurus sloanii) have been used variously for these populations. Hedges & Conn (2012) clarified the status of many of these populations, describing many new species and genera, but they also indicated that many questions remain unanswered, and more species are likely to be described or revalidated in the future.
Distribution: Martinique.


Mabuya montserratae

Montserrat Skink

Montserrat-Skink

Montserrat-skink

2012 Mabuya montserratae Hedges & Conn

Remarks: Previously regarded as a population of mabouya (e.g., Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970; Schwartz & Henderson 1988; Henderson & Powell 2009), Spondylurus sloanii (e.g., Mayer & Lazell 2000) or Varzea bistriata (e.g., Powell, Henderson, Adler & Dundee 1996; Malhotra & Thorpe 1999).
Distribution: Montserrat.


Mabuya parviterrae

Petite Terre Skink

Petite-Terre-Skink

Petite Terre-skink

2016 Mabuya parviterrae Hedges, Lorvelec, Barré, Berchel, Combot, Vidal & Pavis
Mabuya desiradae parviterrae Massary, Bochaton, Dewynter, Frétey, Ineich, Lorvelec, Vidal & Lescure 2021

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of desiradae (Miralles, Gomes, Angin & Ibéné 2017). Revalidated by Hedges, Lorvelec, Barré, Vidal & Pavis (2019). Possibly extinct (Powell & Henderson (eds.) 2012; Hedges, Lorvelec, Barré, Berchel, Combot, Vidal & Pavis 2016).
Distribution: Guadeloupe (Iles de la Petite Terre: Terre-de-Bas).