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Sphenomorphus grandisonae TAYLOR, 1962

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Grandison’s Forest Skink
G: Grandisons Waldskink 
SynonymSphenomorphus grandisonae TAYLOR 1962: 236
Sphenomorphus grandisonae — TAYLOR 1963: 1002
Sphenomorphus grandisonae — GREER 2001 

Type locality: Ban Tong Pheung, M. Siam  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1935.11.5.13, Ban Tong, Phaung, N Siam, presented M.A. Smith. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Small skink; 34 scalerows around body; six supralabials; five infralabials, median suboculars larger than pre- or postsuboculars, the whole series continuous; temporals, 2 + 3 + 4; no nuchals; dorsal scales smaller than ventrals; subcaudals smaller than lateral caudal scales; dorsolateral markings on side reduced; very slight suggestion of a brown stripe dorsolaterally on tail; digits fail to touch when limbs are adpressed; third finger distinctly longer than fourth, all fingers relatively short. Seventy-one scales in a line from parietals to above vent.” (Taylor 1962: 236) 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyNamed after Miss Alice Geogie Cruickshank (Bunty) Grandison (March 25, 1927 – March 24, 2014), “Keeper of Reptiles and Amphibians, Department of Zoology, British Museum, who has kindlyloaned the specimens for study and description.” 
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  • Greer, Allen E. 2001. Distribution of maximum snout-vent length among species of Scincid lizards. Journal of Herpetology 35 (3): 383-395 - get paper here
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - get paper here
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  • Taylor, E.H. 1963. The lizards of Thailand. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 44: 687-1077. - get paper here
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