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Lygosoma haroldyoungi (TAYLOR, 1962)

IUCN Red List - Lygosoma haroldyoungi - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Lygosominae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Harold's Writhing Skink, Harold Young's Supple Skink
G: Harold Youngs Laubskink 
SynonymRiopa haroldyoungi TAYLOR 1962: 242
Lygosoma haroldyoungi — NABHITABHATA 2004
Riopa haroldyoungi — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 142
Lygosoma haroldyoungi — GEISSLER et al. 2012 
DistributionThailand (Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Loei, Khon Kaen, Sakhon Nakhon, Mukdaharn), Myanmar, Laos (Vientiane)

Type locality: “base of Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Province”  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 178213 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. SVL 115–148 mm; TrunkL 3.3 times longer than SFlL; lower eyelids scaly; supranasals in contact; frontal a little shorter than frontoparietal; frontoparietal single; nuchals absent; ear openings anteriorly covered by an overhanging scale; supralabials 9; scale rows around midbody 38–42; paravertebral scales 141–145; limbs very short (SVL/FlL: 12; SVL/HlL: about 9); subdigital lamellae under fourth toe 6–7 (Taylor 1962, 1963; Moravec & B ̈ohme 2008; Orlov et al. 2010). Measurements and additional morphological data are given in Tables 1, 2 (Geissler et al. 2011: 1168). 
CommentPossibly also in Myanmar as some specimens have been found right near the border in Thailand. 
EtymologyNamed after Harold Young, former director of the Chiang Mai Zoo, who collected the type. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Chan-ard, T., Parr, J.W.K. & Nabhitabhata, J. 2015. A field guide to the reptiles of Thailand. Oxford University Press, NY, 352 pp. [see book reviews by Pauwels & Grismer 2015 and Hikida 2015 for corrections] - get paper here
  • Chan-ard,T.; Grossmann,W.; Gumprecht,A. & Schulz,K. D. 1999. Amphibians and reptiles of peninsular Malaysia and Thailand - an illustrated checklist [bilingual English and German]. Bushmaster Publications, Würselen, Gemany, 240 pp. [book review in Russ. J Herp. 7: 87] - get paper here
  • Chuaynkern, Y.; C. Chuaynkern; I. Patawang; P.Duengkae; A. Tanomtong. 2013. Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae, Lygosoma haroldyoungi (Taylor, 1962): New distribution records. Check List 9 (1):118-120 - get paper here
  • GEISSLER, PETER; TIMO HARTMANN & THY NEANG 2012. A new species of the genus Lygosoma Hardwicke & Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Scincidae) from northeastern Cambodia, with an updated identification key to the genus Lygosoma in mainland Southeast Asia. Zootaxa 3190: 56–68 - get paper here
  • Geissler, Peter; Truong Quang Nguyen, Trung My Phung, Robert Wayne Van Devender, Timo Hartmann, Balázs Farkas, Thomas Ziegler and Wolfgang Böhme 2011. A review of Indochinese skinks of the genus Lygosoma Hardwicke & Gray, 1827 (Squamata: Scincidae), with natural history notes and an identification key. BIOLOGIA 66 (6): 1159-1176 - get paper here
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; EVAN S. H. QUAH, ZAHARIL DUZULKAFLY & PAUL YAMBUN 2018. On the taxonomy of Lygosoma bampfyldei Bartlett, 1895 (Squamata: Scincidae) with descriptions of new species from Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia and the resurrection of Lygosoma schneideri Werner, 1900. Zootaxa 4438 (3): 528–550 - get paper here
  • GROSSMANN, W. 2012. Anmerkungen zu Harold-youngs Laubskink, Lygosoma haroldyoungi (TAYLOR, 1962). Sauria 34 (2): 23-34 - get paper here
  • Grossmann, Wolfgang 2007. Comments on Harold Young's Supple Skink, Lygosoma haroldyoungi (Taylor, 1962), (Squamata, Scincomorpha, Scincidae). Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin 83 (S1): 40-43 - get paper here
  • Miller, A. H. and G. R. Zug 2016. An enigmatic Lygosoma (Reptilia: Scincidae) from northern Myanmar. Herpetological Review 47(3): 373-374. - get paper here
  • Moravec, Jirí & Wolfgang Böhme 2008. First record of Riopa haroldyoungi from Laos. Herpetology Notes 1: 9-10 - get paper here
  • Orlov, Nicolai L., Alexey B. Streltzov and Richard Peney. 2010. Second record of Lygosoma haroldyoungi (Taylor, 1962) from Laos. Russ. J. Herpetol. 17 (2): 128-130 - get paper here
  • Pauwels, O.S.G.; Kunya, K.; McLean, M. & Böhme, W. 2008. Youngs Laubskink, Riopa haroldyoungi TAYLOR 1962, in Thailand. Elaphe 16 (2): 56-59 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1962. New oriental reptiles. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 43: 209-263 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1963. The lizards of Thailand. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 44: 687-1077. - get paper here
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