Scincella rara (DAREVSKY & ORLOV, 1997)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Scincella rara?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Double subdigital-pads skink|
|Synonym||Paralipinia rara DAREVSKY & ORLOV 1997|
Scincella rara — GREER & SHEA 2003
Paralipinia rara — SANG et al. 2009
Paralipinia rara — BAIN & HURLEY 2011
Scincella rara — HEDGES 2014
Scincella rara — NEANG et al. 2018
Type locality: Buoenloy Anhche district, Gi-Lai province, Vietnam (14° 20' N, 108° 36'E) 750 m elevation (only found at the type locality).
|Comment||A small lygosomine skink, from tropical rain forests of southern Vietnam, differs primarily from other Asiatic scincids in having a double rows of subdigital pads. There are presumably associated with its arboreal mode of life. Other scale characters allow placement of the new monotypic genus close to the lygosomine genera Lipinia Gray and Scincella Mittleman (group 1 of Greer, 1974).|
Synonymy: Paralipinia, with double rows of subdigital lamellae on basal fingers and toes, was synonymized with Scincella by Greer & Shea (2003) based on the secondary temporal scale overlap pattern (lower scale overlapping upper one). NGUYEN et al (2010) consider Paralipinia as a valid genus though.
Type species: Paralipinia rara DAREVSKY & ORLOV 1997 is the type species of the genus Paralipinia DAREVSKY & ORLOV 1997.
Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017).