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Scincella barbouri (STEJNEGER, 1925)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Barbour's Ground Skink
Chinese: 昆明滑蜥 
SynonymLeiolopisma barbouri STEJNEGER 1925
Scincella barbouri — GREER 1974
Scincella barbouri — OUBOTER 1986: 50
Scincella barbouri — SHEA & GREER 2002: 156
Scincella barbouri — LINKEM et al. 2011 
DistributionChina (NE Yunnan, Sichuan ?)

Type locality: Yunnan-fu (=Kuruning Shi), Yunnan Prov., China  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 7261; Paratypes: USNM 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A rather elongate Scincella, with a small head. High number of body scales: 70-79 scalerows between the parietals and the thighs; 70-80 gulars + ventrals; 26-28 scales around midbody. Four or five pairs of enlarged nuchals. N o projecting lobules (Ouboter 1986: 51).

Color: Dorsum brown, with five indistinct dark brown longitudinal streaks. Lateral band somewhat broader than these streaks, but not very distinct as well. Some very vague streaks on the lower flanks and the ventral surface, which are whitish (Ouboter 1986: 51). 
CommentSimilar species: In coloration and shape quite similar to S. punctatolineata. In other characters (scalation) resembling S. modesta (Ouboter 1986: 51). 
EtymologyNamed after Thomas Barbour (1884-1946), Associate Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians (1923), and, later, Director (1927) of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Linkem, Charles W.; Arvin C. Diesmos, Rafe M. Brown 2011. Molecular systematics of the Philippine forest skinks (Squamata: Scincidae: Sphenomorphus): testing morphological hypotheses of interspecific relationships. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 163: 1217–1243 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, Arthur 1946. Thomas Barbour, Herpetologist: 1884-1946. Herpetologica 3 (2): 33-39 - get paper here
  • Ouboter P E 1986. A revision of the genus Scincella (Reptilia: Sauria: Scincidae) of Asia, with some notes on its evolution. Zoologische Verhandelingen (229): 1-66 - get paper here
  • Shea, Glenn M. and Allen E. Greer 2002. From Sphenomorphus to Lipinia: Generic reassignment of two poorly known New Guinea skinks. Journal of Herpetology 36 (2): 148-156 - get paper here
  • Stejneger ,L. 1925. Description of a new scincid lizard and a new burrowing from from China. J. Washington Acad. Sci. 15 (20): 150-152 - get paper here
  • Wang K, Lyu ZT, Wang J, Qi S, Che J 2022. Updated Checklist and Zoogeographic Division of the Reptilian Fauna of Yunnan Province, China. Biodiversity Science 30 (4): 21326, 1–31 - 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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