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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). 
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
  • 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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