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Scincella formosensis (VAN DENBURGH, 1912)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesVan Denburgh's Ground Skink 
SynonymLeiolopisma laterale formosensis VAN DENBURGH 1912
Lygosoma laterale var. formosensis THOMPSON 1912
Lygosoma formosensis THOMPSON 1912 (fide SLEVIN & LEVITON 1956: 542)
Scincella formosensis — MITTLEMAN 1952
Lygosoma reevesii formosensis — NAKAMURA & UÉNO 1963
Leiolopisma laterale — LIU YU 1970
Scincella formosensis — GREER 1974: 7
Scincella formosa — GREER 1974: 7
Scincella formosensis — CHEN et al. 2001
Scincella formosensis — SHEA & GREER 2002
Scincella formosensis — LINKEM et al. 2011 
DistributionTaiwan (endemic)

Type locality: Kanshirei, Formosa [= Taiwan] Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: CAS 25027 
CommentSee Zhao & Adler for a discussion of priority problems concerning this and related species from Taiwan. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Taiwan (= Formosa). 
References
  • Barbour, T. 1917. A most regretable tangle of names. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (44): 1-9 - get paper here
  • Chen, Szu-Lung, Hidetoshi Ota and Tsutomu Hikida 2001. Geographic Variation in the Two Smooth Skinks, Scincella boettgeri and S. formosensis (Squamata: Scincidae), in the Subtropical East Asian Islands. Zoological Science 18 (1): 115-130 - get paper here
  • Koizumi, Yuki; Hidetoshi Ota, and Tsutomu Hikida 2014. Phylogeography of the Two Smooth Skinks, Scincella boettgeri and S. formosensis (Squamata: Scincidae) in the Southern Ryukyus and Taiwan, as Inferred from Variation in Mitochondrial Cytochrome b Sequences. Zoological Science 31, No. 4: 228-236. - 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
  • Liu-Yu, M.C. 1970. Studies on Taiwan lizards. Biol. Bull. Taiwan Normal Univ. 5: 51-93
  • Nakamura K & Uéno SI 1963. Japanese Reptiles and Amphibians in Colour [in Japanese]. Hoikusha, Osaka
  • Slevin, Joseph R.;Leviton, Alan E. 1956. Holotype specimens of reptiles and amphibians in the collection of the California Academy of Sciences. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 28 (14): 529-560 - get paper here
  • Thompson,J.C. 1912. Herpetological notices, No. 3. On reptiles new to the island arcs of Asia. Privately published, San Francisco, pp. 1-4
  • Van Denburgh, J. 1912. Advance diagnoses of new reptiles and amphibians from the Loo Choo Islands and Formosa. Privately published by author, San Francisco. 8 pages.
  • Zhao,E. & Adler,K. 1993. Herpetology of China. SSAR, Oxford/Ohio, 1-522
 
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