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Plestiodon coreensis (DOI & KAMITA, 1937)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Smith's Skink 
SynonymEumeces coreensis DOI & KAMITA 1937
Eumeces coreensis SMITH et al. 1979 (fide FRANK & RAMUS 1995)
Eumeces coreensis — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Plestiodon coreensis — SCHMITZ et al. 2004
Eumeces coreensis — DATHE 2012 
Distribution“North West Corea” = NW North Korea ?

Type locality: Sanpoto near Ryuganpo (Yongamp'o) (female) and Suiunto Island (Sin-do Island), Korea (male)  
CommentDistribution: there is a place in extreme NW North Korea called Ryongampo near the border with China (Google maps)

Abundance: Rare. This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyApparently named after its occurrence in Korea. 
  • BRANDLEY, MATTHEW C.; OTA, HIDETOSHI; HIKIDA, TSUTOMU; NIETO MONTES DE OCA, ADRIAN; FERIA-ORTIZ, MANUEL; GUO, XIANGUANG; WANG, YUEZHAO 2012. The phylogenetic systematics of blue-tailed skinks (Plestiodon) and the family Scincidae. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 165 (1): 163-189 - get paper here
  • Dathe, Falk 2012. Die Geschichte der Schlangenfarm des Tierparks Berlin. Draco 13 (51): 54-57 - get paper here
  • Doi,H. & KAMITA,T. 1937. A new species of Eumeces from West Corea. Zool. Mag. Tokyo 49: 211-215
  • Griffith, H., A. Ngo & R. W. Murphy 2000. A cladistic evaluation of the cosmopolitan genus Eumeces Wiegmann (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 7 (1): 1-16 - get paper here
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - get paper here
  • Okada, Y. 1939. Studies on the lizards of Japan, contribution III. Scincidae. Zool. Inst., Tokyo Bunrika Daigaku 4 (73): 159-214
  • Schmitz, Andreas; Patrick Mausfeld and Dirk Embert 2004. Molecular studies on the genus Eumeces Wiegmann, 1834: phylogenetic relationships and taxonomic implications. Hamadryad 28 (1-2): 73 – 89 - get paper here
  • Shannon, F.A. 1956. The reptiles and amphibians of Korea. Herpetologica 12 (1): 22-49 - get paper here
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