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Dopasia hainanensis (YANG, 1984)

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Anguinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Hainan Glass Lizard
Chinese: 海南脆蛇蜥 
SynonymOphisaurus hainanensis YANG 1984
Dopasia hainanensis — NGUYEN et al. 2011 
DistributionChina (Hainan Island)

Type locality: Xinan Tree Farm, Diaoluoshan, Hainan Island, China, elevation: 950 m elevation (Yang 1983).  
TypesHolotype: BMNHC (also as BMAM) 820203 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Maximum SVL 285 mm; ear opening very small, as a pinpoint; nasal separated from frontonasal by 2 scales; dorsal scales weakly carinated on anterior part of back, progressively keeled on posterior part of body and tail; longitudinal scale rows between lateral folds 20, scales along lateral fold 95–101; vertebrae from atlas to rem- nants of hind leg bones 53–54; dark dorsolateral stripe present, from one head-length behind ear opening to tail tip, indistinct anteriorly, progressively broader and more distinct posteriorly; ventrolateral stripe absent (Yang 1983; pers. obs., NGUYEN et al. 2011).
CommentSimilar species: D. harti 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • NGUYEN, TRUONG QUANG; WOLFGANG BÖHME, TAO THIEN NGUYEN, QUYET KHAC LE, KRISTIAN ROBERT PAHL, TANJA HAUS & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2011. Review of the genus Dopasia Gray, 1853 (Squamata: Anguidae) in the Indochina subregion. Zootaxa 2894: 58–68 - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • Yang R 1984. A new species of the genus Ophisaurus from Hainan Island. Acta Herpetologica Sinica 2 (4) 1983: 67-69 - get paper here
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