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Scincella devorator (DAREVSKY, ORLOV & CUC, 2004)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymSphenomorphus devorator DAREVSKY, ORLOV & CUC 2004
Sphenomorphus devorator — SANG et al. 2009
Scincella devorator — NGUYEN et al. 2011 
DistributionN Vietnam (Quang Ning Province)

Type locality: Uong Bi, Quang Ning Province Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZISP 22909 (adult male) 
CommentDiagnosis. A slender medium sized skink with no auricular lobules and deeply sunk tympanum; four supraoculars; 8 supraciliaries; 7 supralabials; nuchals present; 30 scales round body; scales of two vertebral rows on the neck considerably broader then long; 19 lamellae beneath fourth toe; short limbs (do not overlap when adpressed); a pair of enlarged preanals. Known only the holotype specimen. 
EtymologyThe species name is from latin devorare — to devour. The skink bites off the prey’s abdomen, often grasshoppers, letting the trunk go alive. 
References
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Darevsky, I. S., N. L. Orlov & H Cuc, T. 2004. Two new lygosomine skinks of the genus Sphenomorphus Fitzinger, 1843 (Sauria, Scincidae) from northern Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetol. 11 (2): 111-120 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, Truong Quang; Andreas Schmitz, Tao Thien Nguyen, Nikolai L. Orlov, Wolfgang Böhme, and Thomas Ziegler 2011. Review of the Genus Sphenomorphus Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) in Vietnam, with Description of a New Species from Northern Vietnam and Southern China and the First Record of Sphenomorphus mimicus Taylor, 1962 from Vietnam. Journal of Herpetology 45 (2): 145-154. - get paper here
  • Pham A, Le D, Nguyen S, Ziegler T, Nguyen T 2015. New provincial records of skinks (Squamata: Scincidae) from northwestern Vietnam. Biodiversity Data Journal 3: e4284; doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e4284 - get paper here
  • Sang, Nguyen Van; Ho Thu Cuc, Nguyen, Quang Truong 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • ZIEGLER, T., RAUHAUS, A., TRAN, T.D., PHAM, C.T., VAN SCHINGEN, M., DANG, P.H., LE, M.D. & NGUYEN, T.Q. 2015. Die Amphibien- und Reptilienfauna der Me-Linh-Biodiversitätsstation in Nordvietnam Sauria 37 (4): 11-44 - get paper here
 
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