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Takydromus sikkimensis GÜNTHER, 1888

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSikkim Grass Lizard 
SynonymTachydromus sikkimensis GÜNTHER 1888
Takydromus sikkimensis — BHUPATHY et al. 2009 
DistributionIndia (Sikkim)

Type locality: Dalep village, nearby Singtam, South Sikkim,
India, 27°14’N, 88°28’E, 550 m elevation.  
Reproduction 
TypesNeotype: ZSI 25761, collected by Basundhara Chettri, 22 October 2006. 
CommentTakydromus sikkimensis was named by A. Günther on the basis of an 1872 description of grass lizards from Sikkim by F. Stoliczka. BOULENGER 1887 and subsequent workers have synonymized this species with T. sexlineatus and have even doubted the occurrence of Takydromus in Sikkim. BHUPATHY et al. 2009 confirm the occurrence of grass lizards in the lower Teesta valley of Sikkim and revalidated the species.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
References
  • Bhupathy, Subramanian; Basundhara Chettri, Aaron M. Bauer 2009. Rediscovery and Revalidation of Takydromus sikkimensis (Günther, 1888) (Squamata: Lacertidae) from Sikkim, India. Journal of Herpetology 43 (2): 267-274 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1888. On a collection of reptiles from China. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 1: 165-172 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
 
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