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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesShanghai Elegant Skink 
SynonymEumeces elegans BOULENGER 1887: 371
Mabouia chinensis — SWINHOE 1863 (fide STEJNEGER 1907)
Eumeces pulchra BOCOURT 1879 (fide STEJNEGER 1907)
Eumeces elegans — STEJNEGER 1907: 202
Eumeces elegans — TAYLOR 1936: 245
Eumeces elegans — ZHAO & ADLER 1993
Eumeces elegans — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Plestiodon elegans — SCHMITZ et al. 2004
Eumeces elegans — GORIS & MAEDA 2004 
DistributionS China (westward to Yunnan, northward through Sichuan to S Henan), Vietnam,
Japan (Senkaku group, S Ryukyu islands)

Type locality: China  
TypesType: unknown (Sang et al. 2009) 
CommentPlate 29G in ZHAO & ADLER 1993.

Map: KURITA & HIKIDA 2014: 188 
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