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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae (Ateuchosauridae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Chinese short-limbed skink, Chinese Ateuchosaurus
Chinese: 光蜥 
SynonymAteuchosaurus chinensis GRAY 1845: 107
Lygosaurus sowerbyi STEJNEGER 1924
Lygosaurus salsburyi SCHMIDT 1925
Mabuia albomaculata VOGT 1927
Ateuchosaurus chinensis — SMITH 1937: 231
Ateuchosaurus chinensis — LAZELL et al. 1999
Ateuchosaurus chinensis — NGUYEN et al. 2009 
DistributionChina (Fujian west to Guizhou, south to Guangdong and Hainan); Vietnam (Mao Son, Lang Son Province).

Type locality: China  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.15.69 (formerly xv.89a), collected J. Reeves.
Holotype: USNM 65375 [sowerbyi] 
CommentPlate 29D in ZHAO & ADLER 1993.

Type species: Ateuchosaurus chinensis GRAY 1845 is the type species of the genus Ateuchosaurus GRAY 1845. For diagnostic features see MITTLEMAN 1952: 8.

Hedges (2014) erected the family Ateuchosauridae for the genus Ateuchosaurus which becomes the type genus of the family. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in China. 
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  • Nguyen, Truong Quang; Tran Thanh Tung, Hoang van Ngoc, Wolfgang Böhme, and Thomas Ziegler 2008. Rediscovery and redescription of Ateuchosaurus chinensis Gray, 1845 (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) from northeastern Vietnam. Herpetology Notes 1: 17-21 - get paper here
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