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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesGround Skink, Little Brown Skink 
SynonymScincus lateralis SAY 1822: 324
S.[cincus] unicolor HARLAN 1825: 156
Lygosoma lateralis — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 719
Mocoa lateralis — GÜNTHER 1885: 31
Leiolopisma laterale — LOENNBERG 1894
Leiolopisma laterale — JORDAN 1899: 324
Leiolopisma laterale — ALLEN 1932
Leiolopisma unicolor — BURT 1935
Scincella laterale — MITTLEMAN 1950: 19
Leiolopisma laterale — LEWIS 1951
Scincella lateralis — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 159
Lygosoma laterale — NEMURAS et al. 1966
Scincella lateralis — GREER 1974: 7
Lygosoma laterale — MCCOY 1975
Scincella lateralis — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 128
Scincella lateralis — LINER 1994
Scincella lateralis — WHITING et al. 2003
Scincella lateralis — LINKEM et al. 2011 
DistributionUSA (Texas, Oklahoma, E Kansas, S Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, S Illinois, S Indiana, S Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey).
Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León)  
Reproductionoviparous (fide Wikipedia). 
TypesHolotype: USNM 3152 
CommentThe taxonomy of Scincella lateralis has been confusing because of the similarity of North American and Asian forms and because of the resulting nomenclatural confusion. Therefore, the synonymy presented here has to be taken with caution.

Type species: Sincella lateralis is the type species of the genus Scincella MITTLEMAN 1950 (fide GREER 1974). 
EtymologyThe generic epithet is derived from the Latin word scincus, meaning "skink," and the suffix -ellus, meaning "little," and thus combined meaning "little skink." 
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