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Isopachys anguinoides (BOULENGER, 1914)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Heyer's Isopachys, Thai Snake Skink
G: Fussloser Schlangenskink 
SynonymLygosoma anguinoides BOULENGER 1914: 67
Ophioscincus anguinoides — SMITH 1935: 334
Rhodona anguinoides — SMITH 1937: 231
Ophioscincus anguinoides — TAYLOR 1963: 1054
Isopachys anguinoides — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 26 
DistributionThailand (Chumphon, Prachuap Khiri Khan)

Type locality: Bangtapham, Siam  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.15.54 (formerly 1914.5.11.1), collected M.A. Smith 
CommentListed as Isopachys anguinoides HEYER 1972 (!) by Frank & Ramus 1995.

Limb morphology: Limbless.

Distribution map in LANG & BÖHME 1990. 
EtymologyApparently after Latin anguis = snake, for its snake-like appearance. 
  • Bergmann, Philip J; Sara D W Mann, Gen Morinaga, Elyse S Freitas, Cameron D Siler 2020. Convergent evolution of elongate forms in craniates and of locomotion in elongate squamate reptiles. Integrative and Comparative Biology, icaa015, - get paper here
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1914. Descriptions of new reptiles from Siam. J. Nat. Hist. Soc. Siam 1: 67-76
  • Chan-ard, T., Parr, J.W.K. & Nabhitabhata, J. 2015. A field guide to the reptiles of Thailand. Oxford University Press, NY, 352 pp. [see book reviews by Pauwels & Grismer 2015 and Hikida 2015 for corrections] - get paper here
  • Chan-ard, Tanya; Sunchai Makchai and Michael Cota 2011. Jarujinia: A New Genus of Lygosomine Lizard from Central Thailand, with a Description of One New Species. The Thailand Natural History Museum Journal 5 (1): 17-24 - get paper here
  • Heyer, W.R. 1972. A new limbless skink (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Thailand with comments on the generic status of the limbless skinks of southeast Asia. Fieldiana: Zoology 58 (10): 109-129 - get paper here
  • Honda M., Ota H., Kobayashi, M.; Nabhitabhata, J.; Yong, H.-S. & Hikida, T. 2000. Phylogenetic relationships, character evolution, and biogeography of the subfamily Lygosominae (Reptilia: Scincidae) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Mol. Phylogen. Evol. 15 (3): 452-461 - get paper here
  • Kunya, Kirati; Sumat Kamolnorranath, Tanya Chan-ard, Michael Cota and Sunchai Makchai 2011. Additional Locality of an Endemic Legless Skink, Isopachys roulei (Angel, 1920)(Squamata, Scincidae) from Northeastern Thailand. The Thailand Natural History Museum Journal 5(1): 89-93
  • Lang M. BÖHME W. 1990. Description and phylogenetic position of a new species of Isopachys from central Thailand and southern Burma/Myanmar (Squamata, Scincidae). BULLETIN DE L'INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE BIOLOGIE 60: 231-240.
  • Pauwels, O.S.G.; David, P.; Chimsunchart, C. & Thirakhupt, K. 2003. Reptiles of Phetchaburi Province, Western Thailand: a list of species, with natural history notes, and a discussion on the biogeography at the Isthmus of Kra. Natural History Journal of Chulalongkorn University 3 (1): 23-53 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptiles and Amphibia, Vol. II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, 440 pp.
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Taylor, E.H. 1963. The lizards of Thailand. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 44: 687-1077. - get paper here
  • Zug, G.R. & Mulcahy, D.G. 2019. Identification guide Amphibians and reptiles of South Tanintharyi. Fauna & Flora International, 101 pp.
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