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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Banded Lipinia, Sipora Striped Skink, Common Striped Skink
G: Sipora Streifenschlankskink 
SynonymLygosoma vittigerum BOULENGER 1894: 615
Lygosoma pulchellum ANNANDALE 1905: 145 (not of BOULENGER 1908)
Lygosoma vittigerum — SWORDER 1933
Leiolopisma vittigerum vittigerum — SMITH 1935: 306
Leiolopisma vittigerum vittigerum — TAYLOR 1963: 1029
Lipinia vittigera — GREER 1974: 11
Lipinia vittigera — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 266
Lipinia cf. vittigera — TEO & RAJATHURAI 1997
Lipinia vittigera — COX et al. 1998: 116
Lipinia vittigera — DAS & AUSTIN 2007
Lipinia vittigera (?) — ONN et al. 2010
Lipinia vittigera — GRISMER & QUAH 2019 
DistributionMyanmar (= Burma) (Tenasserim), Thailand, S Vietnam, West Malaysia, Pulau Tioman, Pulau Pangkor, Johor: Pulau Besar (?), Singapore,
Indonesia (Borneo: Kalimantan, Mentawai Islands/Pulau Sipora, Sumatra ?), Cambodia (Siem Reap Province)

Note: Poyarkov et al. 2019 suggest that the range of L. vittigera sensu stricto is restricted to the Mentawei Archipelago, Sumatra, the Thai-Malay Peninsula south of Kra Isthmus, and Borneo.

Type locality: Sipora (Sereinu)/Mentawei, Sumatra  
Reproductionoviparous. Reproduction was described by Goldberg & Grismer (2014): gravid females were recorded in March; females lay two to three eggs; hatchlings were observed in July. 
TypesHolotype: MSNG 55855 (Genova), collected E.Modigliani. See Bucklitsch et al. (2007). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Based on the holotype, additional specimens examined from Penang (Malaysia) and peninsular Thailand (Appendix I) as well as literature data from peninsular Malaysia and Singapore (Grismer, 2011b): small (SVL to 44 mm) species of Lipinia, differentiated from congeners by the following combination of external traits: external ear opening present; lower eyelid bearing large transparent spectacle; 28–30 midbody scale rows; 48–56 middorsal scales between parietals and point above vent; 15 – 16 subdigital lamellae under finger IV; 20–26 lamellae under toe IV; prefrontals in punctiform or broad contact; seven supralabials, seven infralabials; broad middorsal light stripe from snout tip to tail base; two paravertebral dark stripes from supraoculars toward tail, continuing on anterior part of tail; flanks dotted brown, without any distinct dark or light stripes [Poyarkov et al. 2019].

Characters: external ear opening present; 25 lamellae on toe IV; 28 midbody scale rows; and dorsal pattern comprising dark gray and bright yellow stripes (color photograph in Cox et al., 1998) (from DAS & AUSTIN 2007). 
CommentSynonyms and subspecies partly after SMITH 1935.

Subspecies: Lipinia vittigera microcercum has been elevated to full species status by Poyarkov et al 2019.

Habitat: arboreal 
EtymologyAlthough not stated by Boulenger (1894), the species name "vittigerum" is derived from Latin "vitta" for a head band used by Roman priests during rituals and "gero" (to wear), as a reference to the banded dorsal pattern of this species. Due to the feminine gender of the genus name Lipinia, the species epithet has to be adapted to "vittigera". 
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