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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Hong Kong Skink, Four-striped Skink
G: Vierstreifenskink,
Chinese: 四线石龙子 
SynonymPlestiodon quadrilineatus BLYTH 1853: 652
Mabouia quadrilineatus — GÜNTHER 1864: 82
Eumeces quadrilineatus — BOCOURT 1879
Eumeces quadrivirgatus HALLOWELL 1861: 502
Eumeces quadrilineatus — SMITH 1935: 339
Eumeces quadrilineatus — TAYLOR 1936: 452
Eumeces quadrilineatus — TAYLOR 1963: 937
Eumeces quadrilineatus — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Eumeces quadrilineatus — LAZELL 2002
Plestiodon quadrilineatus — SCHMITZ et al. 2004 
DistributionChina (Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan, Hong Kong)
Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam

Type locality: Hong Kong, China.  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 2360
Holotype: USNM 7498 [Eumeces quadrivirgatus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Two median dorsal scalerows broader than adjoining rows. A postnasal present; 20 to 22 scalerows around middle of body; a pair of dorsolateral greenish-white stripes from rostral to some distance on tail; an outer lateral stripe beginning on lips, passes to groin and along the base of tail. (Taylor 1963: 937) 
CommentSMITH 1935 cites BOCOURT “1870”, although 1879 is probably meant. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin quadri = four, and linea = line. 
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