Trachylepis margaritifer 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Scincidae

Scientific Name: Trachylepis margaritifer (Peters, 1854)
Common Name(s):
English Rainbow Skink, Five-lined Skink
Euprepes margaritifer Peters, 1854
Euprepes savignyi Peters, 1854
Euprepis kirkii Peters, 1854
Euprepis margaritiferus (Peters, 1854)
Mabuya margaritifera (Peters, 1854)
Mabuya obsti Werner, 1913
Mabuya quinquetaeniata ssp. margaritifer (Peters, 1854)
Mabuya quinquetaeniata ssp. obsti Loveridge, 1953
Trachylepis margaritifera (Peters, 1854) [orth. error]

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2009-06-30
Assessor(s): Menegon, M. & Spawls, S.
Reviewer(s): Böhm, M., Collen, B. & Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team)
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H.T., Wearn, O.R., Wren, S., Zamin, T., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P. & Powney, G.
Trachylepis margaritifer has been assessed as Least Concern owing to its large distribution. No major threats have been reported and this species is not thought to be undergoing a significant population decline.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species ranges from Uganda and Kenya in the north, to South Africa in the south. It is found throughout Zimbabwe and into eastern Botswana.
Countries occurrence:
Botswana; Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Kenya; Lesotho; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population:There is no population information available for this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species lives on rock outcrops in mesic and arid savanna.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unlikely that any major threat is impacting this species across its entire range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known species-specific conservation measures in place for this species, however, in places its distribution coincides with protected areas. No further conservation measures are required.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: The spelling of the species name was incorrectly amended as Trachylepis margaritifera whereas it should be T. magaritifer. This amended assessment has been created to correct the spelling error.

Citation: Menegon, M. & Spawls, S. 2017. Trachylepis margaritifer (amended version of 2010 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T178196A113843755. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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