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Scincella incerta (STUART, 1940)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Stuart’s Forest Skink
S: Eslaboncillo de Hojarasca 
SynonymLygosoma incertum STUART 1940
Lygosoma incertum — STUART 1948
Leiolopisma incertum — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970
Sphenomorphus incertus — GREER 1974: 34
Sphenomorphus incertus — LINER 1994
Sphenomorphus incertus — KÖHLER 2000: 93
Sphenomorphus incertus — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Scincella incerta — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011
Scincella incerta — MCCRANIE 2018 
DistributionMexico (Chiapas), SW Guatemala, Honduras (Yoro), elevation 1350-1670 m.

Type locality: Volcán Tajumulco, Guatemala, 5500 feet elevation  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 20307 
CommentNot listed for Mexico by KÖHLER (2000). 
EtymologyThe name incerta is from the Latin incertus (doubtful) and alludes to the ‘‘extremely obscure’’ systematic relationships of this species to other Western Hemisphere members of this group of skinks (Stuart, 1940: 12). 
  • BROWN, T.W. 2019. Eine Wolfsspinne (Aranaea: Lycocidae) im Mageninhalt des Skinkes Scincella incerta (Squamata: Scincidae) aus dem Cusuco-Nationalpark, Honduras. Sauria 41 (3): 48-50 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • 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
  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
  • McCranie, James R. 2018. The Lizards, Crocodiles, and Turtles of Honduras. Systematics, Distribution, and Conservation. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Special Publication Series (2): 1- 666 - get paper here
  • Nelson, C. E., & NICKERSON, M. A. 1966. Notes on some Mexican and Central American amphibians and reptiles. Southwestern Naturalist 11 (1): 128-131 - get paper here
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - get paper here
  • Stuart, L. C. 1948. The amphibians and reptiles of Alta Verapaz Guatamala. Miscellaneous Publications, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 69: 1-109 - get paper here
  • Stuart,L.C. 1940. Notes on the Lampropholis group of Middle American Lygosoma (Scincidae) with descriptions of two new forms. Occ. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan 421: 1-16
  • Valdenegro-Brito, A. E., Pavón-Vázquez, C. J., Luna-Reyes, R., García-Vázquez, U. O. 2018. Distribución geográfica de Scincella incerta (Squamata: Scincidae) en el estado de Chiapas, México. Acta Zoológica Mexicana (nueva serie) 34: 1–4 - get paper here
  • Wilson, L.D. & McCranie, J.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the cloud forests of Honduras. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 3 (1): 34-48 - get paper here
  • Wilson, L.D. & McCranie,J.R. 1994. Comments on the occurrence of a salamander and three lizard species in Honduras. Amphibia-Reptilia 15: 416-421 - get paper here
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