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Ablepharus tragbulensis (ALCOCK, 1898)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Tragbul ground skink 
SynonymLygosoma himalayanum tragbulensis ALCOCK 1898: 36
Scincella tragbulense — OUBOTER 1986
Scincella ladacensis tragbulense — DAS 1996
Asymblepharus tragbulensis — DAS, DATTAGUPTA & GAYEN 1998
Scincella tragbulense — SHEA & GREER 2002: 156
Himalblepharus [sic] tragbulense — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Asymblepharus tragbulensis — CHAPPLE et al. 2021
Ablepharus tragbulensis — MIRZA et al. 2022 (by implication) 
DistributionIndia, Pakistan ?

Type locality: Tragbul Pass, (34° 29'N, 74° 40'E), about 50 Km NNW Srinagar, Kashmir, India and Pakistan, 9000 ft.  
TypesSyntypes: ZSI 13860–61 
CommentDistribution: Not in Pakistan fide KHAN 2002 (pers. comm.) who lists Scincella ladacensis and S. himalayana only.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017), and a total of five specimens (two syntypes and three additional topotypes) of this species (Borkin et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Alcock, A.W. 1898. Report on the Natural History Results of the Pamir Boundary Commission. Calcutta (1897), 45 pp. - get paper here
  • Borkin, Leo J.; Spartak N. Litvinchuk, Daniel A. Melnikov & Dmitriy V. Skorinov 2018. Altitudinal distribution of skinks of the genus Asymblepharus in the Western Himalaya, India (Reptilia: Sauria: Scincidae). In: Hartmann, Barclay & Weipert: Biodiversität und Naturausstattung im Himalaya VI. - Erfurt 2018: 163-167 - get paper here
  • Chapple, David G; Roll, Uri; Böhm, Monika; Aguilar, Rocío Amey, Andrew P Austin, Chris C Baling, Marleen Barley, Anthony J Bates, Michael F Bauer, Aaron M Blackburn, Daniel G Bowles, Phil Brown, Rafe M Chandramouli, S R Chirio, Laurent Cogger, Hal Co 2021. Conservation Status of the World’s Skinks (Scincidae): Taxonomic and Geographic Patterns in Extinction Risk. Biological Conservation 257: 109101 - get paper here
  • Das, I., B. Dattagupta & N. Gayen 1998. Systematic status of Lygosoma himalayanum tragbulensis Alcock, "1897" 1898 (Sauria: Scincidae) collected by the Pamir boundary commisson, 1885. Russ. J. Herpetol. 5 (2): 147-150. - 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
  • Mirza ZA, Bragin AM, Bhosale H, Gowande GG, Patel H, Poyarkov NA. 2022. A new ancient lineage of ablepharine skinks (Sauria: Scincidae) from eastern Himalayas with notes on origin and systematics of the group. PeerJ 10:e12800 - get paper here
  • Shea, Glenn M. and Allen E. Greer 2002. From Sphenomorphus to Lipinia: Generic reassignment of two poorly known New Guinea skinks. Journal of Herpetology 36 (2): 148-156 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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