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Dasia vyneri SHELFORD, 1905

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Shelford's Skink 
SynonymLamprolepis vyneri (SHELFORD 1905)
Lamprolepis vyneri — GREER 1970
Dasia vyneri — SMITH 1937: 226
Lamprolepis vyneri — DAS 2004
Dasia vyneri — LINKEM et al. 2013 (by implication) 
DistributionSunda Region, Indonesia (Borneo)

Type locality: Mount Balineau [Mount Balingean], Muka district, Sarawak (= Gunung Balingan, 01° 25’ N, 111° 28’ E), Sibu Division, East Malaysia.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.15.56 (formerly 1909.8.18.2), presented SMK. In SMK at time of description. 
CommentHabitat: Arboreal.

Illustration: DAS (2004) published the first illustration of this species.

Synonymy: Linkem et al. (2013) showed in a phylogenetic analysis that Lamprolepis vyneri is not closely related to Lamprolepis smaragdina, but rather a sister to other Dasia species. However, they did not explicitly recommend to rename the species. 
EtymologyNamed after Charles Vyner Brooke (1874-1963), the Rajah Muda of Sarawak and later (1917-1946) the Third Rajah of Sarawak. 
  • Auliya, M. 2006. Taxonomy, Life History, and conservation of giant reptiles in west Kalimantan. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 432 pp. - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Das , I. 2004. Lizards of Borneo. Natural History Publications, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
  • Das, Indraneil 2004. A new locality for the rare bornean Skink, Lamprolepis vyneri (Shelford, 1905) (Sauria: Scincidae). Asiatic Herpetological Research 10: 241-244 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen Eddy, Jr. 1970. The Relationships of the Skinks Referred to the Genus Dasia. Breviora (348): 1-30 - get paper here
  • Linkem, Charles W.; Rafe M. Brown, Cameron D. Siler, Ben J. Evans, Christopher C. Austin, Djoko T. Iskandar, Arvin C. Diesmos, Jatna Supriatna, Noviar Andayani and Jimmy A. McGuire 2013. Stochastic faunal exchanges drive diversification in widespread Wallacean and Pacific island lizards (Squamata: Scincidae: Lamprolepis smaragdina). Journal of Biogeography 40: 507–520 - get paper here
  • Shelford, R. 1905. A new lizard and a new frog from Borneo. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7) 15: 208-210. - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
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