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Dopasia hainanensis (YANG, 1984)

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Anguinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesHainan Glass Lizard 
SynonymOphisaurus hainanensis YANG 1984
Dopasia hainanensis — NGUYEN et al. 2011 
DistributionChina (Hainan Island)

Type locality: Xinan Tree Farm, Diaoluoshan, Hainan Island, China, elevation: 950 m elevation (Yang 1983).  
TypesHolotype: BMNHC (also as BMAM) 820203 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Maximum SVL 285 mm; ear opening very small, as a pinpoint; nasal separated from frontonasal by 2 scales; dorsal scales weakly carinated on anterior part of back, progressively keeled on posterior part of body and tail; longitudinal scale rows between lateral folds 20, scales along lateral fold 95–101; vertebrae from atlas to rem- nants of hind leg bones 53–54; dark dorsolateral stripe present, from one head-length behind ear opening to tail tip, indistinct anteriorly, progressively broader and more distinct posteriorly; ventrolateral stripe absent (Yang 1983; pers. obs., NGUYEN et al. 2011).
CommentSimilar species: D. harti 
  • NGUYEN, TRUONG QUANG; WOLFGANG BÖHME, TAO THIEN NGUYEN, QUYET KHAC LE, KRISTIAN ROBERT PAHL, TANJA HAUS & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2011. Review of the genus Dopasia Gray, 1853 (Squamata: Anguidae) in the Indochina subregion. Zootaxa 2894: 58–68 - get paper here
  • Yang R 1984. A new species of the genus Ophisaurus from Hainan Island. Acta Herpetologica Sinica 2 (4) 1983: 67-69 - get paper here
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