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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Reeves’ Smooth Skink
G: Reeves Glattskink
Chinese: 南滑蜥 
SynonymTiliqua reevesii GRAY 1838: 292
Eumeces reveesii — GÜNTHER 1864
Lygosoma nigropunctatum BOCOURT 1878
Lygosoma kakhiensis BOULENGER 1887: 621
Lygosoma laterale — BOULENGER 1887: 264 (part.)
Lygosoma reveesii — GÜNTHER 1888: 169
Leiolopisma laterale — STEJNEGER 1907 (?)
Leiolopisma laterale — MELL 1922
Leiolopisma eunice COCHRAN 1927: 187
Leiolopisma eunice — SMITH 1928
Leiolopisma reevesii — SCHMIDT 1927
Leiolopisma reevesi reevesi — SMITH 1935: 295
Leiolopisma smithi COCHRAN 1941
Scincella reevesi — MITTLEMAN 1952
Leiolopisma? pootipongi TAYLOR 1962
Leiolopisma pootipongi — TAYLOR 1963: 1027
Leiolopisma eunice — TAYLOR 1963: 1033
Leiolopisma smithi — TAYLOR 1963: 1035
Scincella eunicis — GREER 1974: 7
Scincella ochracea — GREER 1974: 7
Scincella reevesi — WANG & ZHAO 1986
Sphenomorphus reevesi — DAS 1997
Scincella reevesii — COX et al. 1998: 116
Scincella pootipongi — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 28
Scincella reevesii — ZIEGLER 2002: 203
Scincella eunice — BOBROV & SEMENOV 2008
Scincella reevesii — LINKEM et al. 2011
Leiolopisma reevesii — KÄSTLE et al. 2013: 465 
DistributionChina (Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan, Hong Kong)
Indochina west to Myanmar (= Burma), Thailand (L. pootipongi), Vietnam (Son La, (Thanh Hoa etc), south to W Malaysia, India; Nepal, Korea (fide WELCH 1990), Cambodia

eunice: Vietnam (Quang Tri)

Type locality: China.  
Reproduction(ovo-) viviparous. 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.16.37-38 (formerly xv.9a-b), China, collected J.R. Reeves.
Holotype: USNM 72180 [eunice]
Holotype: USNM 94536 [Leiolopisma smithi]
Holotype: MSNG 27854 [kakhiensis] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A medium-sized, somewhat elongated Scincella, with a rather small head (x ratio S-V length/head width more than 7.8; x ratio S-V length/head length more than 6.0). Usually the prefrontals form a broad suture. Some small scales between the fifth supralabial and the granules of the lower eyelid. Usually the eye is visible through the supraoculars as a dark spot. 29-33 scales around midbody. Lateral dark band broken up by whitish spots (OUBOTER 1986: 41). 
CommentSynonymy partly after OUBOTER 1986. TAYLOR 1963 considered Leiolopisma pootipongi, L. eunice, and L. smithi as valid species. GREER (1974) called pootipongi “incertae sedis”. SHEA & GREER 2002 also considered S. eunicis as valid species. Leiolopisma ochraceum BOURRET 1937 has been resurrected from synonymy of S. reevesii as valid species.

Distribution: Szyndlar (1991) reported from Korea but CHEN et al. (2001) doubt that and suggest that Szyndlar’s specimen might have been either S. huanrenensis or S. vandenburghi. Reports from Bangladesh actually represent Sphenomorphus maculatus (MAHONY et al. 2009). 
EtymologyNamed after John Reeves (1774-1856), naturalist and collector who sent specimens of plants and animals back to Britain. Reeves was employed by the East India Company as an ‘Inspector of Tea’ and lived in China from 1812 to 1831. Note that Steijneger (1907) stated that John Russell Reeves (1804-1877), the son of John Reeves, sent the material to Gray, so there is a chance of confusion here. 
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