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pdf 04. A new species of Mabuya Fitzinger (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from the Onilahy River of south west Madgascar


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Authors: Jean Baptiste Ramanamanjato , Ronald A. Nussbaum And Christopher J. Raxworthy

AbstractMabuya vezo is described as a new white-spotted species of the aureopunctata-group of Madagascan mabuyas, identified by its small size and the presence of regularly arranged rows of white spots on the dorsal and dorsolateral surfaces of the neck, body, and tail. It is known from a single locality, Lavenombato, near the mouth of the Onilahy River in south-western Madagascar. M. vezo is a rock-dwelling species, similar in size and habitat to M. vato, and in general coloration to the much larger M. aureopunctata. M. vezo is broadly sympatric with only one member of its species-group, M. aureopunctata, but two species of the elegans-group, M. elegans and M. gravenhorstii, occur in the same area. The type locality of M. vezo is "fady" (taboo), which provides some degree of protection for this species, which is known from only seven specimens.

Keywords: Scincidae, Mabuya, new species, systematics, Madagascar

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