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Takydromus viridipunctatus LUE & LIN, 2008

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymTakydromus viridipunctatus LUE & LIN 2008
Takydromus formosanus — ARNOLD 1997 (part.)
Takydromus viridipunctatus — SHANER et al. 2013 
DistributionC Taiwan

Type locality: Su-ao, Yilan County, Taiwan (24° 35’ 23.4” N, 121° 51’ 37.5” E), elevation 10 m.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: NMNS 4431, an adult male. Captured when perching on high grasslands (Miscanthus sinensis) near the coastline. Collected at night on 21 June 2003 by Yu-Jun Hong, How-Ying Hsu, Yi-Fen Chen, and Si-Min Lin. Deposited in Natural Museum of Natural Science, Taichung, Taiwan. 
CommentSimilar species: This species has been previously confused with Takydromus formosanus. In contrast to T. formosanus T. viridipunctatus and T. luyeanus exhibit prominent sexual dichromatism, have males and females with similar body sizes but differ in their head lengths and HL/SVL ratios.

Similar species: Takyxdromus viridipunctatus and T. luyeanus were
misidentified as T. formosanus in previous decades (Lue & Lin 2008). 
EtymologyEtymology.—This specific name refers to the ‘‘green spotted’’ (viridi + punctatus) 
References
  • 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
  • Shaner P-JL, Chen Y-R, Lin J-W, Kolbe JJ, Lin S-M 2013. Sex-Specific Correlations of Individual Heterozygosity,Parasite Load, and Scalation Asymmetry in a SexuallyDichromatic Lizard. PLoS One 8 (2): e56720. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056720 - get paper here
 
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