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Scincella capitanea OUBOTER, 1986

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesLarge ground skink 
SynonymScincella capitanea OUBOTER 1986: 31
Scincella capitanea — DAS 1996: 48
Asymblepharus capitaneus — EREMCHENKO et al. 1998
Asymblepharus (Himalablepharus) capitaneus — EREMCHENKO 2003
Scincella capitanea — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011 
DistributionNepal

Type locality: 3 km W . of Dhampus, 1850 m elevation, Annapurna region, Central Nepal. Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: RMNH 20464, 29-V-1981, SH 741, leg. P.E. Ouboter & L.M.R. Nanhoe. 
CommentDiagnosis. A very large and robust Scincella, with a maximum snout- vent length of 78.5mm (x = 68.2 ± 10.0mm)and well-developed limbs. Head small; neck wider than the head. Thirty to 32 scales around midbody. Ciliars not thickened. Palpebral disc rather small. Ear very small, slit-shaped, without projecting lobules on the anterior margin. 
References
  • Eremchenko, V. K 2003. Generic and specific redefinition and redescription of the North-Vietnam skink (Scincella melanosticta (Boulenger, 1887). Izvestiya Vuzov (= Proceedings of Universitities and Institutes), Bishkek, (1-2): 20-28
  • Eremchenko, V.; Helfenberger,N.; K. B. Shah & A. M. Panfilov 1998. Two new species of skinks (Scincidae: Ligosominae [sic]) from Nepal [in Russian]. News nat. Acad. Sci. Kirgiz Republik, Bishkek (4): 41-45
  • Kästle , W., Rai, K. & Schleich, H.H. 2013. FIELD GUIDE to Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. ARCO-Nepal e.V., 625 pp. - 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
  • Nanhoe, L.M.R., & Ouboter, P.E. 1987. The distribution of reptiles and amphibians in the Annapurna-Dhaulagiri region (Nepal). Zoologische Verhandelingen (240): 1-105 - 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
 
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