Scincella potanini (GÜNTHER, 1896)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Scincella potanini?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Lygosoma potanini GÜNTHER 1896: 204|
Scincella potanini MITTLEMAN 1952
Scincella potanini — GREER 1974: 7
Scincella potanini — WANG & ZHAO 1986
Scincella potanini — SHEA & GREER 2002
Scincella potanini — LINKEM et al. 2011
|Distribution||China (Kansu, Sichuan, Guizhou)|
Type locality: “town of Ta-tsien-Iu” (= Kangding Co.), Sichuan Prov., China
|Types||Holotype: ZISP 8576 (considered “unlocated” by SHEA & GREER 2002), but not found in the ZISP collection in January 2017 fide Barabanov & Milto 2017.|
|Comment||SHEA & GREER 2002 could not locate the holotype of this species.|
|Etymology||named after the collector of the types, Mr. Potanin. Grigory Nikolayaevich Potanin (1835-1920) was a Russian explorer of Inner Asia. He served in a Cossack regiment in Siberia (1850s) and began support for Siberian separatism. He studied Physics in St Petersburg (1858-1861). He was arrested and imprisoned (1861) for participating in a student demonstration. Expelled from the University, on release, he returned to Siberia to work as a publisher. Arrested again (1867) for political activities he was sentenced to 3 years prison followed by 5 years hard labour. He led expeditions (1876-1877) to Mongolia and Northern China (1884-1886). He was a founder of Tomsk State University (1889). He supported the 1905 Revolution and was arrested. He was chairman of Siberia's short-lived Provisional Council (1917-1918). He wrote The Tangut-Tibetan Borderlands of China and Central Mongolia (1893). An asteroid is named after him [from Michal Watkins, pers. comm.].|
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