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Mabuya mabouya
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia (paraphyletic)
Infraclass: Lepidosauromorpha
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Mabuya
Fitzinger, 1826

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Mabuya is a genus of long-tailed skinks restricted to species from the Americas. They are primarily carnivorous, though many are omnivorous. The genus is viviparous, having a highly evolved placenta that resembles that of eutherian mammals.[1] Formerly, many Old World species were placed here, as Mabuya was a kind of "wastebasket taxon". These Old World species are now placed in the genera Chioninia, Eutropis, and Trachylepis. Under the older classification, the New World species were referred to as "American mabuyas".

The ancestors of the genus are believed to have rafted across the Atlantic from Africa during the last 9 million years.[2]


  • Species 1
  • References 2
  • Further reading 3
  • External links 4


Listed alphabetically by specific name.[3]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Mabuya.


  1. ^ Viviparity in lizards, snakes and mammals.
  2. ^  
  3. ^ Mabuya, The Reptile Database.

Further reading

  • Fitzinger LI. 1826. Neue Classification der Reptilien nach ihren natürlichen Verwandtschaften. Nebst einer Verwandtschafts-tafel und einem Verzeichnisse der Reptilien-Sammlung des K.K. Zoologischen Museums zu Wien. Vienna: J.G. Heubner. 5 unnumbered pp. + 67 pp. + one plate. (Mabuya, new genus, p. 23). (in German and Latin).

External links

  • by CyberlizardMabuya at
  • Scincidae at EMBL Heidelberg.
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