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Scincella vandenburghi (SCHMIDT, 1927)

IUCN Red List - Scincella vandenburghi - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Tsushima smooth skink 
SynonymLeiolopisma vandenburghi SCHMIDT 1927
Leiolopisma laterale — STEJNEGER 1907: 218
Scincella vandenburghi — GREER 1974
Scincella vandenburghi — CHEN et al. 2001
Scincella vandenburghi — GORIS & MAEDA 2004
Scincella vandenburghi — LINKEM et al. 2011 
DistributionTsushima Island, Japan; Korea

Type locality: Tsushima Island, Japan  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: CAS 26134 
CommentHas been considered as a synonym of S. modesta by Ouboter (1986) and others. 
EtymologyNamed after John Van Denburgh (1872-1924), curator of herpetology at the California Academy of Sciences. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Chen, Szu-Lung; Tsutomu Hikida; Han, Sang-Hoon; Shim, Jae-Han; Oh, Hong-Shik & Hidetoshi Ota 2001. Taxonomic status of the Korean populations of the genus Scincella (Squamata: Scincidae). Journal of Herpetology 35 (1): 122-129 - get paper here
  • Goris, R.C. & Maeda, N. 2004. Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Japan. Krieger, Malabar, 285 pp.
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Jaejin Park, Kyo-Soung Koo, Il-Hun Kima & Daesik Park 2016. Complete mitochondrial genomes of Scincella vandenburghi and S. huanrenensis (Squamata: Scincidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources, DOI:10.1080/23802359.2016.1156490 - get paper here
  • Koizumi, Yuki; Hong-Shik Oh & Tsutomu Hikida 2021. Genetic Variation of Scincella vandenburghi (Squamata; Scincidae) in Tsushima Island and Korea Revealed by Mitochondrial DNA. Current Herpetology Feb 2021 Vol. 40, No. 1: 83-91 - 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
  • 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
  • Park D, Kim I-H, Park I-K, Grajal-Puche A, Park J 2022. A comparison of gene organisations and phylogenetic relationships of all 22 squamate species listed in South Korea using complete mitochondrial DNA. ZooKeys 1129: 21-35 - get paper here
  • Schmidt, K.P. 1927. Notes on Chinese reptiles. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist., New York, 54 (4): 467-551 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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