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Jarujinia bipedalis CHAN-ARD, MAKCHAI & COTA, 2011

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymJarujinia bipedalis CHAN-ARD, MAKCHAI & COTA 2011 
DistributionThailand (Western mountain range in Ban Pu Nam Ron, Tambon Pong Kra Ting, Suan Pung District, Ratchaburi Province, ca. 150 km west-southwest of Bangkok)

Type locality: Ban Pu Nam Ron, Tambon Pong Kra Ting, Suan Pung District, Ratchaburi Province, elevation ca. 600 m  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: THNHM 15410 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): The only scincine genus (and species) in which a single species has only forelimbs with two clawless vestigial fingers and in which the hind-limbs are completely absent.
 
CommentType species: Jarujinia bipedalis CHAN-ARD, MAKCHAI & COTA 2011 is the type species of the genus Jarujinia CHAN-ARD, MAKCHAI & COTA 2011.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyEtymology.- The genus is named for Dr. Jarujin Nabhitabhata (1950-2008), first Director of the Thailand Natural History Museum, to whom we owe much professional and personal gratitude. The species is named for its character of only possessing a pair of forelimbs: two legs are present, but the hind-limbs are absent. 
References
  • 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
  • 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
 
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