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Cryptoblepharus leschenault (COCTEAU, 1832)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAblepharis leschenault COCTEAU 1832
Cryptoblepharus Leschenaultii — GRAY 1838: 335
Ablepharus boutonii var. furcata WEBER 1890: 174
Ablepharus boutonii var. furcatus — BOULENGER 1898: 123
Cryptoblepharus boutonii furcata — DUNN 1927
Ablepharus boutonii leschenault — MERTENS 1930: 161
Ablepharus boutonii leschenault — MERTENS 1931: 156
Cryptoblepharus leschenault — GREER 1974: 21
Cryptoblepharus leschenault — WELCH 1990
Cryptoblepharus leschenault — HORNER 2007 
DistributionIndonesia (Flores, Besar, Ende, Lomblen, Alor, Timor, Semau = Samona?, Wetar and Damar Islands, Great Bastard Island), Timor-Leste

Type locality: see comment  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 3091 
CommentThe original description gives “Java” as the type locality for C. leschenault. Mertens (1964) argues that the taxon does not occur on Java and that the collector (Jean Leschenault de la Tour, botanist on the voyage of the Géographe and Naturaliste 1801-1803) spent considerable time in Kupang, Timor (see Marchant 1982) before arriving in Java. Mertens (1964) suggests, therefore, that Timor should be designated as the type locality of C. leschenault.

Sympatry: Brongersma (1942) records sympatry between C. leschenault and C. schlegelianus on “Samao Island” (= Semau Island) off Kupang, Timor. 
EtymologyNamed after Jean-Baptiste-Louis-Claude-Théodore Leschenault (1773-1826), collector of the types. 
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