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Scincella schmidti (BARBOUR, 1927)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesChinese: 瓦山滑蜥 
SynonymLeiolopisma schmidti BARBOUR 1927
Scincella schmidti — GREER 1974
Scincella schmidti — SHEA & GREER 2002: 156
Scincella schmidti — LINKEM et al. 2011 
DistributionC China (Sichuan)

Type locality: Mt. Washan, W. Szechwan [= Sichuan], China.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 7966 
DiagnosisDescription: A rather large Leiolopisma in some respects similar to L. reevesii, L. monticola, L. septentrionalis and L. barbouri perhaps closest to the latter but differing in color and in the size of the head. Body elongate, limbs failing to meet by just about the length of the hand; digits 5; head not wider than neck, a rather small undivided, transparent shield in the lower eyelid; ear opening about as large as eye opening; without denticles; dorsal scales smooth, about as large as ventrals, in 26 rows; praenals enlarged; anterior loreal slightly smaller than 2nd; four large and one very small supraoculars; the adpressed fore limb reaches almost to the eye; 11 lamellae beneath the 4th toe; tail once and nine tenths times as long as head and body; the length of head contained a little less than eight times in the distance from snout to vent [from BARBOUR 1927]. 
CommentOriginally identified as Leiolopisma laterale (BARBOUR 1912: 135). 
EtymologyNamed after Karl Patterson Schmidt (1890-1957), American herpetologist (see Davis 1957 and RESETAR & VORIS 1997 for biographical notes). 
  • Barbour, T. 1927. A New Lizard from China. Copeia 1927: 95 - get paper here
  • Barbour, Thomas 1912. Some Chinese Vertebrates: Amphibia and Reptilia. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoölogy 40 (4): 125-136 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Davis, D.D. 1959. Karl Patterson Schmidt, 1890-1957. Copeia 1959 (3): 189-192 - 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
  • 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
  • Ouboter P E 1986. A revision of the genus Scincella (Reptilia: Sauria: Scincidae) of Asia, with some notes on its evolution. Zoologische Verhandelingen (229): 1-66 - get paper here
  • Shea, Glenn M. and Allen E. Greer 2002. From Sphenomorphus to Lipinia: Generic reassignment of two poorly known New Guinea skinks. Journal of Herpetology 36 (2): 148-156 - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
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