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Scincella przewalskii (BEDRIAGA, 1912)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesChinese: 西域滑蜥 
SynonymLygosoma Przewalskii BEDRIAGA 1912
Scincella przewalskii — WANG & ZHAO 1986
Scincella przewalskii — SHEA & GREER 2002: 156
Scincella przewalskii — LINKEM et al. 2011 
DistributionChina (Gansu)

Type locality: Dschachar Mountain, on the upper Chuanche (= Bailong Jiang?), Gansu Prov., China.  
TypesHolotype: ZISP (ZIL) 7073 
CommentDistribution: “the Dschachar Mountain is Die Moutain(迭山), which is located on the upper end of Bailong Jiang river(白龙江). “Chuanche”maybe is pronounce on the Khams Tibetan Zhouqu dialects, means འབྲུག་ཆུ་  (Long Jiang龙江). Maybe “Dschachar” is also pronounce on the Khams Tibetan Zhouqu dialects. The locality of Lygosoma potanini is Min Mountains, which is closed to the locality of Scincella przewalskii.” (Bo Cai, pers. comm. 3 March 2018).

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologynamed after General Nikolai Mikhailovitch Przewalski (1839-1888), a Russian Cossack naturalist who explored Central Asia (Beolens et al. 2009). 
  • Bedriaga, J.V. 1909. Amphibien und Reptilien. In: Wissenschaftliche Resultate der Reisen N.M. Przewalskijs durch Zentralasien. Zoologische Teil. Band 3. Part 1. Lacertilia. (in Russian). Sankt-Petersburg, Vol 3 (1) 3: 73-102, 367 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2009. The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals. Johns Hopkins University Press, 592 pp. - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • Wang, YUE-ZHAO 1986. Studies on Chinese species of Scincella (Scincidae, Sauria) [in Chinese]. Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, [new ser.], 5 (4): 267-277 - get paper here
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