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Trachylepis striata

Trachylepis striata (*)

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Scincomorpha
Superfamilia: Scincoidea

Familia: Scincidae
Genus: Trachylepis
Species: Trachylepis striata

Trachylepis striata (Peters, 1844)

Syntypes: ZMB 1241, 1242, 1243.

Type locality: “Mozambique”.

Tropidolepisma striatum Peters, 1844: 36 [orginal combination]
Mabuya striata — FitzSimons, 1943: 229 [subsequent combination]
Trachylepis striata — Bauer, 2003: 5 [subsequent combination]


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Trachylepis striata. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 25 October 2018.

Vernacular names
English: African Striped Skink

The African striped skink (Trachylepis striata), commonly called the striped skink, is a species of 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.


T. striata is brown or bronze-coloured with two yellowish stripes that run lengthwise on either side of the spine. Both sexes grow to a total length (including tail) of 25 cm (9.8 in).[2] Their tails are often missing due to predators.
Geographic range and subspecies

Former subspecies T. s. punctatissima, T. s. sparsa, and T. s. wahlbergii have been elevated to species level.[3]

"Trachylepis striata ". The Reptile Database.
Spawls S, Howell KM, Drewes RC (2006). Reptiles and Amphibians of East Africa. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Hallermann, Jakob; Uetz, Peter. "Trachylepis striata (PETERS, 1844)". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 8 January 2016.

External links

Striped Skink, Destination Kruger Park

Further reading

Boulenger GA (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume III. ... Scincidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XL. (Mabuia striata, pp. 204–205; Mabuia wahlbergii, pp. 205–206).
Branch, Bill (2004). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Third Revised edition, Second impression. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Mabuya striata, pp. 156–157 + Plate 54).
Peters W (1844). "Über einege neue Fische und Amphibien aus Angola und Mozambique ". Bericht über die zur Bekanntmachung geeigneten Verhandlungen der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1844: 32–37. (Tropidolepisma striatum, new species, pp. 36–37). (in German).

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