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Ablepharus nepalensis (EREMCHENKO & HELFENBERGER, 1998)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Nepal ground skink 
SynonymAsymblepharus nepalensis EREMCHENKO & HELFENBERGER in EREMCHENKO et al. 1998: 41
Asymblepharus (Himalablepharus) nepalensis — EREMCHENKO 2003
Himalblepharus [sic] nepalensis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Ablepharus nepalensis — MIRZA et al. 2022 

Type locality: "Central of Nepal, along the road between Suikhet-Nandanda, Pokhara, 1580 m" (Pokhara at 28° 14'N; 83° 59'E, Nepal); SH 739; 741-43 (four paratypes), "Central of Nepal, along the road between Suikhet-Nandanda, Pokhara, 1500-1580 m".  
TypesHolotype: ZMZ (given as SH 740), Zürich, Switzerland 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Eremchenko, V. K 2003. Generic and specific redefinition and redescription of the North-Vietnam skink (Scincella melanosticta (Boulenger, 1887). Izvestiya Vuzov (= Proceedings of Universitities and Institutes), Bishkek, (1-2): 20-28
  • Eremchenko, V.; Helfenberger,N.; K. B. Shah & A. M. Panfilov 1998. Two new species of skinks (Scincidae: Ligosominae [sic]) from Nepal [in Russian]. News nat. Acad. Sci. Kirgiz Republik, Bishkek (4): 41-45
  • Kästle , W., Rai, K. & Schleich, H.H. 2013. FIELD GUIDE to Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. ARCO-Nepal e.V., 625 pp. - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Mirza ZA, Bragin AM, Bhosale H, Gowande GG, Patel H, Poyarkov NA. 2022. A new ancient lineage of ablepharine skinks (Sauria: Scincidae) from eastern Himalayas with notes on origin and systematics of the group. PeerJ 10:e12800 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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