Description of a new mountain skink endemic from Cameroon (Lacertilia : Mabuya mekuana)

Citation
L. Chirio et I. Ineich, Description of a new mountain skink endemic from Cameroon (Lacertilia : Mabuya mekuana), B S ZOOL FR, 125(3), 2000, pp. 185-196
Citations number
12
Language
FRANCESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Animal Sciences
Journal title
BULLETIN DE LA SOCIETE ZOOLOGIQUE DE FRANCE
ISSN journal
0037-962X → ACNP
Volume
125
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Pages
185 - 196
Database
ISI
SICI code
0037-962X(2000)125:3<185:DOANMS>2.0.ZU;2-9
Abstract
Recent herpetological prospections on Mounts Bamboutos, along the Cameroon volcanic ridge, have allowed the collection of several reptiles among which an unknown species referred to the genus Mabuya. This species is superfici ally similar to Mabuya megalura, an orophilic East African endemic species. We describe it as a new species, Mabuya mekuana, and give a determination key for the adult of the eight species of the genus Mabuya from Cameroon. T he strong similarities of this new species, endemic from the Cameroon mount ains, with the orophilic species of Eastern Africa, M. megalura, could be d ue to convergence. Examination of the 36 specimens of M, megalura from the Paris Museum collections and the literature data allows a better knowledge of its distribution and reproduction.