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Protoblepharus nyingchiensis (JIANG, WU, WANG, DING & CHE, 2020)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAsymblepharus nyingchiensis JIANG, WU, WANG, DING & CHE 2020: 568
Scincella himalayana — HU 1987: 122
Scincella himalayana — Zhao et al. 1999: 316
Scincella himalayana — LI et al. 2010: 129
Protoblepharus nyingchiensis — MIRZA et al. 2022 
DistributionChina (Tibet)

Type locality: 80K, Medog, Tibet (29.655° N, 95.490° E, 2072 m  
TypesHolotype: KIZ 06682, female, collected on August 10, 2010, by Ke JIANG, Shuo HU, and Shuai WANG.
Allotype: KlZ 019518, male, coIIected on the way from Tongmai to Pai long, Bayi, Nyingchi on May 5, 2015, by Ke JIANG.
Paratypes: KlZ 014109, female, collected from the same locality as holotype on May 8, 2016, by Ke JIANG and Yufan WANG; KIZ 032534, female, collected from Hanmi, Medog, Tibet on July 21, 2018, by Xiaoyong DING. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: (1) frontal touching the first two supraoculars; (2) supralabials 7, infralabials 6; (3) the anterior margin of the ear with small projecting lobules 1-7; (4) nuchals 3-4 pairs; (5) scales around midbody 23-25; (6) scale rows between parietals and the thighs 53-60; (7) gulars and ventrals 62-67; (8) the number ofsubdigital lamellae under the fourth finger mainly 10, rarely 9; and (9) the number ofsubdigital lamellae under the fourth toe mainly 15, rarely 16 (Jiang et al. 2020). 
EtymologyNamed after the allotype locality, Nyingchi. 
  • 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
  • Zhao E. M., Zhao K., Zhou K. Y. 1999. Fauna Sinica, Reptilia, Vol. 2, Squamata, Lacertilia. [In Chinese] Beijing: Science Press, 394 pp
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