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Scincella formosensis (VAN DENBURGH, 1912)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Van Denburgh's Ground Skink 
SynonymLeiolopisma laterale formosensis VAN DENBURGH 1912
Lygosoma laterale var. formosensis THOMPSON 1912
Lygosoma formosensis THOMPSON 1912 (fide SLEVIN & LEVITON 1956: 542)
Scincella formosensis — MITTLEMAN 1952
Lygosoma reevesii formosensis — NAKAMURA & UÉNO 1963
Leiolopisma laterale — LIU YU 1970
Scincella formosensis — GREER 1974: 7
Scincella formosensis — CHEN et al. 2001
Scincella formosensis — SHEA & GREER 2002
Scincella formosensis — LINKEM et al. 2011
Scincella formosensis — KOIZUMI et al. 2014 
DistributionTaiwan (endemic)

Type locality: Kanshirei, Formosa [= Taiwan]  
TypesHolotype: CAS 25026 
CommentSee Zhao & Adler for a discussion of priority problems concerning this and related species from Taiwan. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Taiwan (= Formosa). 
  • Barbour, T. 1917. A most regretable tangle of names. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (44): 1-9 - get paper here
  • Chen, Szu-Lung, Hidetoshi Ota and Tsutomu Hikida 2001. Geographic Variation in the Two Smooth Skinks, Scincella boettgeri and S. formosensis (Squamata: Scincidae), in the Subtropical East Asian Islands. Zoological Science 18 (1): 115-130 - get paper here
  • Huang, S. P., Hung, K. W., Fan, H. C., Lin, T. E. and Richard, R. 2020. Temperature rise curtails activity period predicted for a winter-active forest lizard, Scincella formosensis, from subtropical areas in Taiwan. Journal of Thermal Biology 87: 102475 - get paper here
  • Koizumi, Yuki; Hidetoshi Ota, and Tsutomu Hikida 2014. Phylogeography of the Two Smooth Skinks, Scincella boettgeri and S. formosensis (Squamata: Scincidae) in the Southern Ryukyus and Taiwan, as Inferred from Variation in Mitochondrial Cytochrome b Sequences. Zoological Science 31, No. 4: 228-236. - get paper here
  • Linkem, Charles W.; Arvin C. Diesmos, Rafe M. Brown 2011. Molecular systematics of the Philippine forest skinks (Squamata: Scincidae: Sphenomorphus): testing morphological hypotheses of interspecific relationships. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 163: 1217–1243 - get paper here
  • Liu-Yu, M.C. 1970. Studies on Taiwan lizards. Biol. Bull. Taiwan Normal Univ. 5: 51-93
  • Nakamura K & Uéno SI 1963. Japanese Reptiles and Amphibians in Colour [in Japanese]. Hoikusha, Osaka
  • Slevin, Joseph R.;Leviton, Alan E. 1956. Holotype specimens of reptiles and amphibians in the collection of the California Academy of Sciences. [type catalogue] Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 28 (14): 529-560 - get paper here
  • Thompson, J.C. 1912. Herpetological notices, No. 3. On reptiles new to the island arcs of Asia. Privately published, San Francisco, pp. 1-4
  • Van Denburgh, J. 1912. Advance diagnoses of new reptiles and amphibians from the Loo Choo Islands and Formosa. Privately published by author, San Francisco. 8 pages.
  • Zhao,E. & Adler,K. 1993. Herpetology of China. SSAR, Oxford/Ohio, 1-522
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