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Takydromus formosanus BOULENGER, 1894

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Formosa Grass Lizard 
SynonymTachydromus formosanus BOULENGER 1894
Takydromus formosanus — STEJNEGER 1907: 235
Tachydromus formosanus — THOMPSON 1912: 3
Takydromus formosensis — LIN & CHENG 1981
Takydromus formosanus — MATSUI 1996
Takydromus formosanus — SCHLÜTER 2003: 54
Takydromus formosus [sic] — ARNOLD et al. 2007 
DistributionTaiwan, Pescadores Islands (Peng-hu Lieh-tao), elevation up to 1200 m.

Type locality: Taiwanfoo (= Tainan) and Central Formosa (= Taiwan).  
TypesTypes: BMNH 1946.8.4.50 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentRecently, LUE & LIN 2008 described T. viridipunctatus and T. luyeanus which have been split off from T. formosanus. Thus, previous reports or photos of T. formosanus may actually be T. viridipunctatus or T. luyeanus. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Taiwan (= Formosa). 
  • Arnold, E. N. 1997. Interrelationships and evolution of the east Asian grass lizards, Takydromus (Squamata: Lacertidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 119 (2) February, 1997, p 267-296 - get paper here
  • Barbour, T. 1917. A most regretable tangle of names. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (44): 1-9 - get paper here
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1894. Description of a new lizard and a new fish obtained in Formosa by Mr. Holst. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (6) 14: 462-463 - get paper here
  • Lin J Y; Cheng H Y 1981. A new species of Takydromus (Sauria: Lacertidae) from Taiwan. Bulletin of the INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY ACADEMIA SINICA (TAIPEI) 20(1) 1981: 43-47
  • Lin, S.-M.; Wang, C.J.; Hsu, Y.C.; Lue, K.Y. & Li, S.H. 2006. Isolation and characterization of 12 tetra-repeated microsatellite loci from the Formosan grass lizard (Takydromus formosanus). Molecular Ecology Notes 6: 57–59 - get paper here
  • Lin, Si-Min; Chaolun Allen Chen and Kuang-Yang Lue 2002. Molecular Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Grass Lizards Genus Takydromus (Reptilia: Lacertidae) of East Asia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 22: 276-288 [erratum in 26: 333] - get paper here
  • Liu-Yu, M.C. 1970. Studies on Taiwan lizards. Biol. Bull. Taiwan Normal Univ. 5: 51-93
  • Lue, Kuang-Yang and Si-Min Lin 2008. Two New Cryptic Species of Takydromus (Squamata: Lacertidae) from Taiwan. Herpetologica 64 (3): 379-395 - get paper here
  • Norval, G.; Huang, S.C. & Mao, J.J. 2007. Beschreibung von Gelegen der Formosa-Langschwanzeidechse (Takydromus formosanus BOULENGER, 1894) aus einer Betelnusspalmen-Plantage im Chiayi County, Taiwan. Sauria 29 (2): 46-48 - get paper here
  • Norval, Gerrut; Jean-Jay Mao, Stephen R. Goldberg, and Shao-chang Huang 2016. Additional Notes on the Reproduction of the Formosan Grass Lizard, Takydromus formosanus (Boulenger, 1894) (Squamata: Lacertidae), from Southwestern Taiwan. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 23 (1): 28–31 - get paper here
  • Schlüter, U. 2003. Die Langschwanzeidechsen der Gattung Takydromus. Kirschner & Seufer Verlag, 110 pp. [review in Draco 21: 91, Elaphe 13 (2): 22] - get paper here
  • Stejneger, L. 1910. The batrachians and reptiles of Formosa. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 38: 91-114 - get paper here
  • Stejneger, LEONHARD H. 1907. Herpetology of Japan and adjacent territory. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 58: xx, 1-577 - get paper here
  • Thompson, J.C. 1912. Herpetological notices, No. 2. Prodrome of descriptions of new species of Reptilia and Batrachia from the Far East. Privately published, San Francisco.
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