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Scincella monticola (SCHMIDT, 1925)

IUCN Red List - Scincella monticola - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesChinese: 山滑蜥 
SynonymLeiolopisma monticola SCHMIDT 1925: 2
Scincella monticola — MITTLEMAN 1952
Scincella monticola — GREER 1974: 7
Leiolopisma monticola pingliensis SONG 1987
Scincella monticola — SHEA & GREER 2002: 156
Scincella monticola — LINKEM et al. 2011 
DistributionChina (Shaanxi, W Sichuan, NW Yunnan), Vietnam (Lang Son, Cao Bang)

Type locality: Snow Mountain Village, Likiang (= Lijiang), Yunnan.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 20998
Holotype: SIZ 81196, adult female [pingliensis] 
EtymologyThe species name, ‘monticola’, is Latin for ‘inhabitant of the mountains’ (Latin “colere” = inhabiting). 
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  • Nguyen, Quang Truong, Nguyen Thien Tao, and Nikolai L. Orlov 2010. New record of the Mountain ground skink Scincella monticola (Schmidt, 1925) (Squamata: Scincidae) from Cao Bang Province, Vietnam. Herpetology Notes 3: 201-203
  • Nguyen, Truong Quang; Tao, Nguyen Thien; Böhme, Wolfgang; Ziegler, Thomas 2010. FIRST RECORD OF THE MOUNTAIN GROUND SKINK Scincella monticola (SCHMIDT, 1925) (SQUAMATA: SCINCIDAE) FROM VIETNAM. Russ. J. Herpetol. 17 (1): 67 – 69 - get paper here
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  • Song-Mingtao 1987. Survey of the reptiles of southern Shaanxi. Acta Herpetologica Sinica 6 (1): 59-64 - get paper here
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