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Protoblepharus medogensis (JIANG, WU, GUO, LI & CHE, 2020)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAsymblepharus medogensis JIANG, WU, GUO, LI & CHE in CHE et al. 2020: 564
Scincella sikkimensis — HU 1987: 123
Scincella sikkimensis — Li et al. 2010: 130
Protoblepharus medogensis — MIRZA et al. 2022 
DistributionChina (Tibet)

Type locality: Maniweng, Beibeng, Medog, Tibet (29.2667° N, 95.1667° E, 850 m  
TypesHolotype: KIZ 011087, male, collected on May 17, 2011, by Ke JIANG, Pipeng LI, and Tao LIANG 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: (1) frontal touching the first two supraoculars; (2) supralabials 7, infralabials 5-7; (3) the anterior margin of the ear without any projecting lobule; (4) nuchal absent; (5) scales around mid-body 24- 25; (6) scale rows between parietals and the thighs 53; and (7) the number of subdigital lamellae under the fourth toe mainly 11 (Jiang et al. 2020). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Che J, Jiang K, Yan F, Zhang Y. 2020. Amphibians and Reptiles in Tibet––Diversity and Evolution. Science Press, Beijing, China. 803 pp
  • Hu S. et al. 1987. Amphibia-Reptilia of Xizang. [In Chinese] Beijing: Science Press, 153 pp.
  • Li P. P., Zhao E. M., Dong B. J. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Tibet. [In Chinese] Beijing: Science Press, 251 pp.
  • Mirza ZA, Bragin AM, Bhosale H, Gowande GG, Patel H, Poyarkov NA. 2022. A new ancient lineage of ablepharine skinks (Sauria: Scincidae) from eastern Himalayas with notes on origin and systematics of the group. PeerJ 10:e12800 - get paper here
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