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Scincella baraensis NGUYEN, NGUYEN, NGUYEN & MURPHY, 2020

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Bara ground skink
Vietnamese: Thằn lằn cổ bà rá, Rắn mối bà rá 
SynonymScincella baraensis NGUYEN, NGUYEN, NGUYEN & MURPHY 2020 
DistributionVietnam (Binh Phuoc, possibly Dak Nong)

Type locality: Ba Ra Mountain, Binh Phuoc Province, Vietnam; coordinates 11°49’42.0” N, 107°00’30.8” E; elevation 337 m elevation (Fig. 2 in Nguyen et al. 2020).  
TypesHolotype. ITBCZ 6534, adult male, collected by Sang N. Nguyen and Vu D.H. Nguyen, on 4 June 2018.
Paratypes. Two specimens, also collected from Ba Ra Mountain by Sang N. Nguyen and Vu D.H. Nguyen on the same date and coordinates as the holotype: ITBCZ 6535, adult male (Fig. 3A–C) and ITBCZ 6536, adult female (Fig. 3D in Nguyen et al. 2020). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Scincella baraensis sp. nov. is distinguished from all of its congeners by a combination of the following morphological characters: relatively small size in adults (SVL up to 49.2 mm); when limbs adpressed toes do not or just reach fingers; 30 smooth midbody scale rows; dorsal scales not enlarged; 66–70 paravertebrals; 64–66 ventral scale rows; 4 supraoculars; prefrontals in broad contact with or separated from one another; 2 loreals; 7 supralabials, the fifth and sixth below the center of the eye; 1 anterior and 2 posterior enlarged temporals; 3 or 3.5 pairs of nuchals; tympanum deeply sunk with weak auricular lobules on anterior margin of ear; 12 or 13 smooth lamellae beneath finger IV and 18–20 beneath toe IV; 2 enlarged precloacals; hemipenis smooth, short, unforked; dorsum with faint black dots (Nguyen et al. 2020). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet baraensis is a toponym derived from the Ba Ra Mountain where the new species was discovered. 
  • NGUYEN, S. N., NGUYEN, V. D. H., NGUYEN, L. T., & MURPHY, R. W. 2020. A new skink of the genus Scincella Mittleman, 1950 (Squamata: Scincidae) from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 4868 (3): 423-434 - get paper here
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