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Scincella monticola (SCHMIDT, 1925)

IUCN Red List - Scincella monticola - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesChinese: 山滑蜥 
SynonymLeiolopisma monticola SCHMIDT 1925
Scincella monticola — MITTLEMAN 1952
Scincella monticola — GREER 1974: 7
Leiolopisma monticola pingliensis SONG 1987
Scincella monticola — SHEA & GREER 2002: 156
Scincella monticola — LINKEM et al. 2011 
DistributionChina (Shaanxi, W Sichuan, NW Yunnan), Vietnam (Lang Son, Cao Bang)

Type locality: Snow Mountain Village, Likiang (= Lijiang), Yunnan.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 20998
Holotype: SIZ 81196, adult female [pingliensis] 
EtymologyThe species name, ‘monticola’, is Latin for ‘inhabitant of the mountains’ (Latin “colere” = inhabiting). 
  • Inger R F; Zhao E; Bradley Shaffer H; Guanfu Wu 1990. Report on a collection of amphibians and reptiles from Sichuan, China. Fieldiana: Zoology (No. 58) : i-iii, 1-24 - 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
  • Neang, Thy; Somaly Chan, Nikolay A. Poyarkov, Jr.. 2018. A new species of smooth skink (Squamata: Scincidae: Scincella) from Cambodia. Zoological Research, DOI: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2018.008 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, Quang Truong, Nguyen Thien Tao, and Nikolai L. Orlov 2010. New record of the Mountain ground skink Scincella monticola (Schmidt, 1925) (Squamata: Scincidae) from Cao Bang Province, Vietnam. Herpetology Notes 3: 201-203 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, Truong Quang; Tao, Nguyen Thien; Böhme, Wolfgang; Ziegler, Thomas 2010. FIRST RECORD OF THE MOUNTAIN GROUND SKINK Scincella monticola (SCHMIDT, 1925) (SQUAMATA: SCINCIDAE) FROM VIETNAM. Russ. J. Herpetol. 17 (1): 67 – 69 - 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
  • Schmidt, KARL P. 1925. New reptiles and a new salamander from China. American Museum Novitates (157): 1-5. - get paper here
  • Song-Mingtao 1987. Survey of the reptiles of southern Shaanxi. Acta Herpetologica Sinica 6 (1): 59-64 - get paper here
  • Zhao,E. & Adler,K. 1993. Herpetology of China. SSAR, Oxford/Ohio, 1-522
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