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Paralipinia rara (DAREVSKY & ORLOV, 1997)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesDouble subdigital-pads skink 
SynonymParalipinia rara DAREVSKY & ORLOV 1997
Scincella rara — GREER & SHEA 2003
Paralipinia rara — SANG et al. 2009
Paralipinia rara — BAIN & HURLEY 2011
Scincella rara — HEDGES 2014 

Type locality: Buoenloy Anhche district, Gi-Lai province, Vietnam (14° 20' N, 108° 36'E) 750 m elevation (only found at the type locality). Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TypesHolotype: FMNH 
CommentA small lygosomine skink, from tropical rain forests of southern Vietnam, differs primarily from other Asiatic scincids in having a double rows of subdigital pads. There are presumably associated with its arboreal mode of life. Other scale characters allow placement of the new monotypic genus close to the lygosomine genera Lipinia Gray and Scincella Mittleman (group 1 of Greer, 1974).

Synonymy: Paralipinia, with double rows of subdigital lamellae on basal fingers and toes, was synonymized with Scincella by Greer & Shea (2003) based on the secondary temporal scale overlap pattern (lower scale overlapping upper one). NGUYEN et al (2010) consider Paralipinia as a valid genus though.

Diagnosis (genus): DAREVSKY & ORLOV 1997: 323.

Type species: Paralipinia rara DAREVSKY & ORLOV 1997 is the type species of the genus Paralipinia DAREVSKY & ORLOV 1997. 
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Darevsky, I. S. and N. L. Orlov. 1997. A new genus and species of scincid lizard from Vietnam: First asiatic skink with double rows of basal subdigital pads. Journal of Herpetology 31 (3): 323-326 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen E.; Shea, Glenn. 2003. Secondary Temporal Scale Overlap Pattern: A Character of Possible Broad Systematics Importance in Sphenomorphine Skinks. Journal of Herpetology 37 (3): 545-549 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, T.Q; Nguyen, V.S.; Böhme, W. & Ziegler, T. 2010. A new species of Scincella (Squamata: Scincidae) from Vietnam . Folia Zool. 59 (2): 115– 121 - get paper here
  • Sang, Nguyen Van; Ho Thu Cuc, Nguyen, Quang Truong 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
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