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Vietnascincus rugosus DAREVSKY & ORLOV, 1994

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymVietnascincus rugosus DAREVSKY & ORLOV 1994
Vietnascincus rugosus — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Vietnascincus rugosus — BARABANOV & MILTO 2017 
DistributionVietnam (Gilai-Contum)

Type locality: Buoenloy, Gilai-Contum province, Vietnam, 700 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: ZISP (ZIL) 20409, adult female 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Arboreal alpha-palatal skinks, differ from all other lygosomine genera in the following combinations of characters: palatine bones meeting on the palate mesially; palatal rami of pterygoids separated mesially; pterygoid teeth absent; upper head shields rugose; eyelids well developed, the lower one with translucent disc; nostril in the back part of an undivided nasal, followed by the small postnasal; supranasals present; parietals meet each other behind interparietal; a pair of nuchal scales; dorsal scales sharply keeled; ear opening small with three small auricular lobules; tympanum sunk; limbs well developed, pentadactyl (see also Table 1). 
CommentType Species: Vietnascincus rugosus DAREVSKY & ORLOV 1994 is the type species of the genus Vietnascincus DAREVSKY & ORLOV 1994.

The species diagnosis is the same as that for the genus.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyThe species name derives from the Latin word “rugosus” — wrinkly. 
  • BARABANOV, ANDREI & KONSTANTIN MILTO 2017. An annotated type catalogue of the anguid, dibamid, scincid and varanid lizards in the Department of Herpetology, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia (Reptilia: Sauria: Anguidae, Dibamidae, Scincidae and Varanida Zootaxa 4244 (1): 065–078 - get paper here
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Darevsky, I.S. and Orlov,N.L. 1994. Vietnascincus rugosus, a New Genus and Species of the Dasia-like Arboreal Skinks (Sauria, Scincidae) from Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetol. 1 (1): 37 - get paper here
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - 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
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
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