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Scincella punctatolineata (BOULENGER, 1893)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Burma Smooth Skink
G: Burma-Glattskink 
SynonymLygosoma punctatolineatum BOULENGER 1893: 321
Leiolopisma punctatolineatum — SMITH 1935: 297
Leiolopisma tavesae SMITH 1935: 298
Leiolopisma tavesae — TAYLOR 1963: 1036
Scincella punctatolineata — OUBOTER 1986
Scincella punctatolineatum — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 28
Scincella punctatolineata — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011 
DistributionSE Myanmar (= Burma), W Thailand  
TypesHolotype: MSNG 28501
Holotype: BMNH 1946.8.16.85 [Leiolopisma tavesae] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small Scincella ( x snout-vent length 37.8 mm), with an elongated body and short limbs; forelegs less than 18% of S-V length, hindlegs less than 26% of S-V length. Small number o f subdigital lamellae, maximum nine under the fourth finger and 15 under the fourth toe (Ouboter 1986: 48).

Original description: “Section Homolepida. Body much elongate, limbs weak the distance between the end of the snout and the fore limb is contained once and three fourths in the distance between axilla and groin. Snout short, obtuse. Lower eyelid scaly. Nostril pierced in the nasal; no supranasal; frontonasal broader than long, forming a broad suture with the nasal and a narrow one with the frontal; latter shield a little longer than the frontoparietals, which are distinct and a little larger than the interparietal ; four supraoculars, first and second in contact with the frontal; seven supraciliaries; parietals in contact behind the interparietal; no enlarged nuchals; fourth, fifth and sixth labials below the eye. Ear-opening roundish, moderately large, smaller than the eye-opening no auricular lobules. 24 smooth scales round the middle of the body. A pair of enlarged praeanals. The length of the hind limb equals the distance between the anterior border of the eye and the fore limb; third and fourth toes equal, with 11 smooth lamellae beneath. Tail long and thick (imperfect in the single specimen). Pale brownish above, with rows of small dark dots along the series of scales: a blackish lateral line from the nostril to the base of the tail, passing through the eye and above the ear.” (Boulenger 1893) 
CommentSynonymy that of Ouboter (1986). GREER (1974) called tavesae “incertae sedis”. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Viaggio di Leonardo Fea in Birmania e Regioni Vicine LII. Concluding report on the reptiles and batrachians obtained in Burma by Signor L. Fea, dealing with the collection made in Pegu and the Karin Hills in 1887-88. Annali Mus. civ. Genova (2) 13: 304-347 - get paper here
  • Chan-ard, T., Parr, J.W.K. & Nabhitabhata, J. 2015. A field guide to the reptiles of Thailand. Oxford University Press, NY, 352 pp. [see book reviews by Pauwels & Grismer 2015 and Hikida 2015 for corrections] - get paper here
  • Chan-ard,T.; Grossmann,W.; Gumprecht,A. & Schulz,K. D. 1999. Amphibians and reptiles of peninsular Malaysia and Thailand - an illustrated checklist [bilingual English and German]. Bushmaster Publications, Würselen, Gemany, 240 pp. [book review in Russ. J Herp. 7: 87] - 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
  • 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
  • Ouboter P E 1986. A revision of the genus Scincella (Reptilia: Sauria: Scincidae) of Asia, with some notes on its evolution. Zoologische Verhandelingen (229): 1-66 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptiles and Amphibia, Vol. II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, 440 pp.
  • Taylor, E.H. 1963. The lizards of Thailand. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 44: 687-1077. - get paper here
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