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Dopasia ludovici (MOCQUARD, 1905)

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Anguinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Ludovic’s Glass Lizard 
SynonymOphisaurus ludovici MOCQUARD 1905: 76 (fide ZHAO & ADLER 1993)
Ophisaurus ludovici — BRYGOO 1987: 10 (as synonym of Ophisaurus harti)
Ophisaurus ludovici — BOBROV 1995
Ophisaurus ludovici — BOBROV & SEMENOV 2008
Dopasia ludovici — NGUYEN et al. 2011 
DistributionN Vietnam (Cao Bang, Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Vinh Phuc)

Type locality: Bao Lac, Tonkin (now Cao Bang Province, northern Vietnam) (Brygoo 1987).  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1904.0388 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Maximum SVL 195 mm; ear opening smaller than nostril or concealed; nasal separated from fron- tonasal by 2 (rarely 2/3) scales; dorsal scales strongly keeled; longitudinal scale rows between lateral folds 18–20; scales along lateral fold 88–102; vertebrae from atlas to remnants of hind leg bones 55–58; lateral sides dark brown with some saw-tooth pigmentation on dorsolateral region, weakly developed in posterior part of body; dark dorso- lateral stripe present on tail; ventrolateral stripe absent (Brygoo 1987; pers. obs.) (Figs. 3C, 3D, 6). 
CommentSynonymy: this species has previously been considered as a synonym of D. harti (e.g. by BRYGOO 1987). Revalidated by NGUYEN et al. 2011.

Distribution: Not in S China (Sichuan) as mentioned by Nguyen et al. (2011) who cites Brygoo 1987 as source, but Brygoo 1987 does not make such a statement.

Limb morphology: Limbless. 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Leon Louis Vaillant (1834-1914), a zoologist, herpetologist, ichthyologist, and malacologist at Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Bobrov, V. V. 1995. Checklist and bibliography of lizards of Vietnam. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (105): - get paper here
  • Brygoo, E. R. 1987. Les types d'Anguid és (Reptiles, Sauriens) du Museum national d'Histoire naturelle Catalogue critique. Bulletin du Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, 4e ser., 9, sect. A (Zool., BioI. & Ecol. anim.), (2), supplement, 3-20. - get paper here
  • Luu, V. Q., Dinh, T. S., Lo, O. V., Nguyen, T. Q. and Ziegler, T. 2020. New records and an updated list of reptiles from Ba Vi National Park, Vietnam. Bonn Zoological Bulletin 69: 1-9.
  • Mocquard, M.F. 1905. SUR UNE COLLECTION DE REPTILES RECUEILLIE DANS LE HAUT-TONKIN, PAR M. LE DOCTEUR LOUIS VAILLANT. Bull. Soc. Philomat. Paris (9) 7: 317-322 - get paper here
  • Mocquard, M.F. 1905. Diagnoses de quelques espèces nouvelles de Reptiles. Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat., Paris, 11:76-79 - get paper here
  • 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
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