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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesPlestiodon chinensis chinensis (GRAY 1838)
Plestiodon chinensis daishanensis MAO 1983
Plestiodon chinensis formosensis VAN DENBURGH 1912
Plestiodon chinensis pulcher DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839 
Common NamesChinese blue-tailed Skink 
SynonymTiliqua chinensis GRAY 1838: 289
? Plestiodon Sinense — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 704
Plestiodon pulchrum DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 710
Tiliqua rufo-guttata CANTOR 1842 (fide STEJNEGER 1907)
Mabouia chinensis — GÜNTHER 1864: 83 (part.)
Eumeces chinensis — BOULENGER 1887: 375
Eumeces chinensis — BÖTTGER 1894
Eumeces chinensis — STEJNEGER 1907: 208
Eumeces chinensis — SMITH 1935: 338
Eumeces chinensis — TAYLOR 1936: 320
Eumeces chinensis pulcher — TAYLOR 1936
Eumeces chinensis leucosticus [sic] — ZOOLOGICAL RECORD
Eumeces chinensis — LAZELL et al. 1999
Eumeces chinensis — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Plestiodon chinensis — SCHMITZ et al. 2004

Plestiodon chinensis daishanensis MAO 1983
Eumeces chinensis daishanensis — ZHAO & ADLER 1993

Plestiodon chinensis formosensis VAN DENBURGH 1912
Eumeces chinensis formosensis VAN DENBURGH 1912: 226
Plestiodon chinensis formosensis — KURITA et al. 2017

Plestiodon chinensis pulcher DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839
Eumeces chinensis pulcher — HIKIDA 1993 
DistributionS China (Sichuan, Shandong, Liaoning, Guangdong: Nan Ao Island etc.), incl. Taiwan and Hainan
Vietnam (Dao Bach Long Vi or Nightingale Island, central Gulf of Tonkin)

Type locality: China

formosensis: Taiwan; Type locality: Xiangshan in Hsinchu County  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesType: unknown (Sang et al. 2009)
Holotype: CAS 18605 [formosensis] 
CommentPlestiodon chinensis formosensis is paraphyletic with Plestiodon chinensis chinensis and needs to be redefined (Kurita et al. 2017).

NCBI: 713109 [leucosticus]
NCBI: 713107 [formosensis] 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in China. 
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