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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesScincella assatus assatus (COPE 1864)
Scincella assatus taylori (OLIVER 1937) 
Common NamesRed Forest Skink 
SynonymLampropholis assatus COPE 1864: 179
Mocoa assata — COPE 1876: 115
Lygosoma assatum - BOCOURT 1879
Mocoa assata — GÜNTHER 1885: 31
Leiolopisma assatum — BURT 1935: 177
Lygosoma assatum assatum — STUART 1940: 12
Scincella assata assata — MITTLEMAN 1950: 20
Scincella assata assata — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 160
Lygosoma assatum assatum — MERTENS 1952: 57
Leiolopisma assatum - PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970
Sphenomorphus assatus — GREER 1974: 34
Sphenomorphus assatus — LINER 1994
Sphenomorphus assatus — KÖHLER 2000: 93
Scincella assata — GARCIA-VÁZQUEZ & FERIA-ORTIZ 2006
Sphenomorphus assatus — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Scincella assata — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011
Scincella assata — MCCRANIE 2015
Sphenomorphus assatus — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015
Sphenomorphus assatus — JOHNSON et al. 2015
Scincella assata — CRUZ-SAENZ et al. 2017

Scincella assatus taylori (OLIVER 1937)
Leiolopisma assatum taylori OLIVER 1937
Scincella assata taylori — MITTLEMAN 1950: 20
Scincella assata taylori — ÁLVAREZ DEL TORO & SMITH 1956
Scincella assata taylori — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 160
Sphenomorphus assatus taylori — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008 
DistributionMexico (Colima), Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras [HR 30: 111]

assata: Pacific slopes, SE Chiapas southward to Honduras; Belize (Neill & Allen 1959); Type locality: Volcán Isalco, El Salvador.

taylori: Colima to SW Chiapas, in lower areas. Guerrero, Jalisco, Oaxaca. Type locality: Santiago, Colima. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: ANSP 9465 (assata)
Holotype: UMMZ 80107 [taylori] 
CommentSynonymy, distribution, and subspecies mainly after SMITH & TAYLOR 1950. Not listed for Nicaragua by KÖHLER (2000). 
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  • Álvarez DEL TORO, M., & SMITH, H. M. 1956. Notulae herpetologicae Chiapasiae. I. Herpetologica 12: 3-17 - get paper here
  • Burt, Charles E. 1935. Notes on a collection of lizards from western Mexico and tropical America. Transactions of the Microscopical Society 54 (2): 167-178
  • Casas-Andreu, G., F.R. Méndez-De la Cruz and X. Aguilar-Miguel. 2004. Anfibios y Reptiles; pp. 375–390, in A.J.M. García-Mendoza, J. Ordoñez and M. Briones-Salas (ed.). Biodiversidad de Oaxaca. Instituto de Biología, UNAM-Fondo Oaxaqueño para la Conservación de la Naturaleza-World Wildlife Fund, México, D. F.
  • Castiglia, Riccardo, Alexandra Maria Ramos Bezerra, Oscar Flores-Villela, Flavia Annesi, Antonio Muñoz and Ekaterina Gornung. 2013. Comparative cytogenetics of two species of ground skinks: Scincella assata and S. cherriei (Squamata: Scincidae: Lygosominae) from Chiapas, Mexico. Acta Herpetologica 8 (1): 69-73
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  • Cope, E.D. 1875. On the Batrachia and Reptilia of Costa Rica with notes on the herpetology and ichthyology of Nicaragua and Peru. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia N.S. (2) 8: 93-183 [sometimes said to be published 1876 but see Murphy et al. 2007 for clarification]] - get paper here
  • Garcia-Vázquez, U. & Feria-Ortiz, M. 2006. Scincidos de México. Reptilia (Spain) (62): 78-83
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  • Mata-Silva, V., E. García-Padilla, D. L. DeSantis, A. Rocha, L. D. Wilson, P. R. Simón-Salvador, C. Mayoral-Halla, B. F. Montiel-Altamirano, and A. Ramírez-Bautista. 2017. New herpetofaunal distribution records for the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(3): 679–683 - get paper here
  • Mata-Silva, Vicente, Jerry D. Johnson, Larry David Wilson and Elí García-Padilla. 2015. The herpetofauna of Oaxaca, Mexico: composition, physiographic distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (1): 6–62 - get paper here
  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
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