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Plestiodon leucostictus (HIKIDA, 1988)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesChinese 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
 
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