Trachylepis bayonii

Trachylepis bayonii, also known commonly as Bayão’s skink, Bayon's mabuya, and Bayon’s skink, is a species of lizard in the family Scincidae. The species is endemic to Africa. There are two subspecies.

Trachylepis bayonii
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Trachylepis
T. bayonii
Binomial name
Trachylepis bayonii
(Bocage, 1872)
  • Euprepes bayonii
    Bocage, 1872
  • Mabuia bayonii
    Boulenger, 1887
  • Mabuya bayonii
    Greer et al., 2000
  • Trachylepis bayonii
    Bauer, 2003


The specific name, bayonii, is in honor of Francisco Antonio Pinheiro Bayão, who was a Portuguese planter in Angola.[3]

Geographic rangeEdit

T. bayonii is found in Angola, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.[2]


The preferred natural habitats of T. bayonii are grassland and shrubland, at altitudes of 2,000–3,200 m (6,600–10,500 ft).[1]


T. bayonii is viviparous.[2]


Two subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies.[2]

Nota bene: A trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Trachylepis.


  1. ^ a b Menegon M, Spawls S (2011). "Trachylepis bayonii ". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T178606A7579955. Downloaded on 20 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Trachylepis bayonii at the Reptile Database. Accessed 16 September 2015.
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Trachylepis bayonii, p. 20).

Further readingEdit

  • Bocage JV (1872). "Diagnoses de quelques espèces nouvelles de Reptiles d'Afrique occidentale ". Jornal de Sciencias Mathematicas, Physicas e Naturaes, Academia Real de Sciencias de Lisboa 4: 72–82. (Euprepes bayonii, new species, p. 75). (in French).
  • 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 bayonii, new combination, p. 201).
  • Laurent RF (1964). "Reptiles et batraciens de l'Angola (troisième note) ". Companhia de Diamantes de Angola (Diamang), Serviços Culturais, Museu do Dundo (Angola) (67): 165. (Mabuya bayonii huilensis, new subspecies). (in French).
  • Loveridge A (1956). "A New Subgenus of Chamaeleo from Rhodesia and a New Race of Mabuya from Kenya Colony". Breviora (59): 1–4. (Mabuya bayonii keniensis, new subspecies, pp. 2–4).