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Plestiodon leucostictus (HIKIDA, 1988)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Chinese blue-tailed Skink 
SynonymEumeces chinensis leucostictus HIKIDA 1988
Eumeces chinensis leucostictus — HIKIDA 1993
Plestiodon leucostictus KURITA et al. 2017 
DistributionTaiwan (Green Island)

Type locality: Green Island (also known as Ludao, Lyudao, or Lutao), “Nanliao, Lutao Island (= Kshoto in old nomenclature), Taitong Hsien, Taiwan”.  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: OMNH R 2811 (Osaka Museum of Natural History), hatchling; paratypes: OMNH, Taiwan Museum (TM), KUZ 
DiagnosisPlestiodon leucostictus is clearly distinct from the other subspecies of P. chinensis in having a white-spotted dorsal pattern in juveniles, in addition to some scutellation differences such as a higher number of scale rows around midbody, and the usual presence of postnasal (Hikida 1988). 
Comment 
Etymology 
References
  • Hikida T 1988. A new white-spotted subspecies of Eumeces chinensis (Scincidae: Lacertilia) from Lutao Island, Taiwan. Japanese Journal of Herpetology 12 (3): 119-123
  • Hikida, Tsutomu 1993. Phylogenetic relationships of the skinks of the genus Eumeces (Scincidae: Reptilia) from East Asia. Japanese Journal of Herpetology 15 (1): 1-21
  • Kurita K, Nakamura Y, Okamoto T, Lin S-M, Hikida T 2017. Taxonomic reassessment of two subspecies of Chinese skink in Taiwan based on morphological and molecular investigations (Squamata, Scincidae). ZooKeys 687: 131-148 - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
 
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