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Sphenomorphus courcyanus (ANNANDALE, 1912)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Medog Skink
G: Gefleckter Waldskink
Chinese: 墨脱蜓蜥 
SynonymLygosoma courcyanum ANNANDALE 1912: 43
Lygosoma courcyanum — SMITH 1935: 289
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) courcyanum — SMITH 1937: 221
Sphenomorphus courcyanus — MITTLEMAN 1952
Sphenomorphus courcyanus — DAS 1996: 48
Sphenomorphus courcyanus — NGUYEN et al. 2011
Sphenomorphus courcyanum — FELDMAN et al. 2015 
DistributionIndia (Assam, Mizoram), China (S Xizang = Tibet)

Type locality: Rotung, N. Assam  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 16900, collected Capt. M. de Courcy. Das et al. (1998) list three specimens, but Annandale specifically stated that 16900 was the type (=holotype), making the other two specimens paratypes. 
CommentDistribution: likely in Bhutan (Lenz 2012). 
  • Annandale, NELSON 1912. Zoological results of the Abor Expedition, 1911-1912. Records of the Indian Museum 8 (1): 7-59 [Reptilia, pages 37-59] (supplement in same journal, 8 (4): 357-358, 1914). - get paper here
  • Chen,S.H. & Lue,K.Y. 1987. A new species of skink, Sphenomorphus taiwanensis, from Taiwan (Sauria, Scincidae). Bull. Inst. Zool. (Acad. Sinica) 26: 115-121
  • Lalremsanga, H.T., L. Khawlhring & Lalrotluanga 2010. Three additional lizard (Squamata: Sauria) records for Mizoram, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(2): 718-720
  • Lenz, Norbert 2012. Von Schmetterlingen und Donnerdrachen - Natur und Kultur in Bhutan. Karlsruher Naturhefte 4, Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe, 124 pp.
  • 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
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
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