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Leptoseps osellai (BÖHME, 1981)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Osella’s Skink
G: Osellas Skink 
SynonymLarutia osellai BÖHME 1981
Leptoseps osellai — GREER 1997
Leptoseps osellai — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 26
Leptoseps osellai — DAREVSKY & ORLOV 2005 

Type locality: Thailand: Chiang Mai prov.: Mea Kuong.  
TypesHolotype: MCSNV (= MSNVR) 35 (Mus. Civ. St. Nat. Verona. C.E.), leg. G. Osella, 16.1.1980. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of Larutia gen. nov., which is morphologically , easily distinguished from its four congeners by the possession of four digits and toes respectively on each limb, as well as by the reduced number of 18 midbody scale rows. Chorologically it is distinguished. by its occurence in northern Thailand, whereas the four other species are confined to the Malay peninsula and to Sumatra [from BÖHME 1981].
CommentAbundance: probably rare; only known from 2 specimens (Darevsky & Orlov 2005, Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologynamed after Dr. Giuseppe Osella, the collector of the type locality. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Böhme,W. 1981. A new lygosomine skink from Thailand (Reptilia: Scincidae) [Larutia osellai]. BOLLETTINO DEL MUSEO CIVICO DI STORIA NATURALE DI VERONA 8: 375-382
  • 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
  • Darevsky, I.S. & Orlov, N.L. 2005. New species of limb-reduced lygosomine skink genus Leptoseps GREER, 1997 (Sauria, Scincidae) from Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetol. 12 (1): 65-68 - get paper here
  • Greer, A. E. 1997. Leptoseps: A new genus of scincid lizards from Southeast Asia. Journal of Herpetology 31 (3): 393-398 - get paper here
  • 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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