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Sphenomorphus bacboensis (EREMCHENKO, 2003)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymLivorimica bacboensis EREMCHENKO 2003
Scincella melanosticta — DAREVSKY 1986 (see comment)
Livorimica bacboensis — NGUYEN et al. 2010
Sphenomorphus bacboensis — NGUYEN et al. 2011 

Type locality: Vietnam, Bac Can Province, village Dong-Luong.  
TypesHolotype: ZISP 20006.1, collected I.S. Darevsky, 1986. 
CommentThe species Livoromica bacboensis was described based on a specimen collected by Darevsky in 1986 and listed before as Scincella melanosticta (Darevsky et al., 1986) [V. Bobrov, pers. comm. 9.9.04]

Livoromica was synonymized with Sphenomorphus by Nguyen et al. 2011 based on the diagnostic features of Livorimica shared with members of Sphenomorphus (e.g., buenloicus, cryptotis, incognitus, indicus, mimicus, tonkinensis sp. nov.): supranasals absent; lower eyelids scaly; nuchals oriented flush with parietals; scales on dorsal surface of base of digit IV in three rows; medial precloacals enlarged, inner scales overlapping outer scales; and palm with tubercles. Further- more, the six supralabials of L. bacboensis also occur in Sphenomorphus bukitensis and S. butleri.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe original generic name is derived Latin “livor” = bruise, and “mica” = crumb, referring to the tiny body size and scales of this lizard. The species is named after a name for Northern Vietnam, “Bacbo”. 
  • Darevsky, I.S., Nguyen Van Sang, & Than Kien 1986. [Materials on the herpetology of North Vietnam]. Instit. Zool., AN SSSR, Leningrad, Trudy Vol. 157: 62-68.
  • Eremchenko, V. K 2003. Generic and specific redefinition and redescription of the North-Vietnam skink (Scincella melanosticta (Boulenger, 1887). Izvestiya Vuzov (= Proceedings of Universitities and Institutes), Bishkek, (1-2): 20-28
  • 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
  • Nguyen, Truong Quang; Andreas Schmitz, Tao Thien Nguyen, Nikolai L. Orlov, Wolfgang Böhme, and Thomas Ziegler 2011. Review of the Genus Sphenomorphus Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Sauria: Scincidae) in Vietnam, with Description of a New Species from Northern Vietnam and Southern China and the First Record of Sphenomorphus mimicus Taylor, 1962 from Vietnam. Journal of Herpetology 45 (2): 145-154. - get paper here
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