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Cryptoblepharus nigropunctatus (HALLOWELL, 1861)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Snake-eyed Skink 
SynonymAblepharus nigropunctatus HALLOWELL 1861: 489
Ablepharus nigropunctatus — STRAUCH 1868: 367
Ablepharus boutonii nigropunctatus — MERTENS 1931: 138
Cryptoblepharus nigropunctatus — GREER 1974: 21
Cryptoblepharus boutonii nigropunctatus — GORIS & MAEDA 2004
Cryptoblepharus nigropunctatus — HORNER 2007: 152 
DistributionJapan (Ogasawara-gunto, Bonin Islands; Kanto region, Japan; Haha shima, Chichi shima (Mertens, 1931) and Minami-Tori-shima (Marcus Island) (Mertens, 1933))

Type locality: Port Lloyd, Bonin Islands.  
TypesHolotype: lost (was: USNM) 
CommentHabitat: grassland and forest edges; Population density of C. nigropunctatus in the Ogasawara Islands has been adversely affected by the introduced anoline lizard Anolis carolinensis carolinensis, with C. nigropunctatus now absent from areas where the Anolis occurs in high density (Suzuki and Nagoshi 1999). 
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