Dopasia harti (BOULENGER, 1899)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Dopasia harti?
|Higher Taxa||Anguidae (Anguinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Hart's Glass Lizard|
|Synonym||Ophisaurus harti BOULENGER 1899: 160|
Ophisaurus formosensis KISHIDA 1930
Ophisaurus harti — SMITH 1935: 394
Ophisaurus harti — LIU YU 1970
Ophisaurus formosensis — LIU YU 1970
Ophisaurus formosensis — ZHAO & ADLER 1993: 199
Ophisaurus harti — LIN et al. 2003
Ophisaurus harti — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 232
Ophisaurus harti — BOBROV & SEMENOV 2008
Dopasia harti — CONRAD et al. 2011
Dopasia harti — NGUYEN et al. 2011
|Distribution||N Vietnam (Son La etc.), S China, Taiwan|
formosensis: Taiwan; Type locality: Hinokiyama (=Kueishan), Bunzan-gori (= general area of Hsintien), Taihoku-shiu (=Taipei Co.), Taiwan Prov., China: 1,400 meters.
Type locality: Kuatun (= Guadun), northwestern Fokien (=Fujian) Prov., China; elevation: 3,000 to 4,000 feet or more
Type locality: Bao Lake, upper Tonkin [=northern Vietnam; MOCQUARD 1905]
|Types||Lectotype: BMNH 1918.104.22.168 (designated by Brygoo 1987); syntypes: BMNH 1922.214.171.124–19126.96.36.199, BMNH 188.8.131.52–184.108.40.206|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Maximum SVL 270 mm; ear opening equal or smaller than nostril; nasal separated from frontona- sal by 2 scales; dorsal scales strongly keeled; longitudinal scale rows between lateral folds 16–18 (rarely 14); scales along lateral fold 88–99; vertebrae from atlas to remnants of hind leg bones 50–54; 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; lateral sides of young dark brown with saw-tooth pigmentation only present on dorsolateral region of neck and shoulder (Brygoo 1987; Lin et al. 2003; Nguyen et al. 2011).|
|Comment||Color plate 26H in Zhao & Adler 1993.|
Synonymy: O. formosensis has been synonymized with O. harti by LIN et al. (2003) although both may be considered as subspecies of harti: harti has blue dorsal markings, and formosensis has uniform dorsal coloration. Ophisaurus ludovici MOCQUARD 1905 has been removed from the synonymy of D. harti by BRYGOO 1987 and NGUYEN et al. 2011.
Limb morphology: Limbless.
Distribution: Bain and Nguyen (2004) reported D. harti from Ha Giang, Vietnam (IEBR 890), however, that specimen was re-identified as D. gracilis by Nguyen et al. 2011. Records of D. harti from Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc Province) should be verified as they may be D. hainanensis.
|Etymology||Named after Sir Robert Hart, First Baronet (1835-1911), a British consular and customs official in China who also is the central figure in Lloyd Lofthouse's historieal novel “My Splendid Concubine”.|