Jarujinia bipedalis CHAN-ARD, MAKCHAI & COTA, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Jarujinia bipedalis?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Jarujinia bipedalis CHAN-ARD, MAKCHAI & COTA 2011|
Jarujinia bipedalis — COTA et al. 2022
|Distribution||Thailand (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
|Types||Holotype: THNHM 15410|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (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.|
|Comment||Type 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).
|Etymology||The species is named for its character of only possessing a pair of forelimbs: two legs are present, but the hind-limbs are absent.|
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.
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