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Takydromus kuehnei VAN DENBURGH, 1909

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Lacertini, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesTakydromus kuehnei vietnamensis ZIEGLER & BISCHOFF 1999
Takydromus kuehnei kuehnei VAN DENBURGH 1909 
Common NamesChinese: 古氏草蜥 
SynonymTakydromus kuehnei VAN DENBURGH 1909
Platyplacopus kuehnei — BOULENGER 1917
Tachydromus chinensis VOGT 1914
Platyplacopus kuehnei carinatus GRESSITT 1938
Takydromus (Platyplacopus) kuehnei — ARNOLD 1997
Takydromus kuehnei — ZIEGLER & BISCHOFF 1999
Takydromus kuehnei — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Takydromus kuehnei — WANG et al. 2017

Takydromus (Platyplacopus) kuehnei vietnamensis ZIEGLER & BISCHOFF 1999
Takydromus kuehnei vietnamensis — BOBROV & SEMENOV 2008 
DistributionChina (Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan, Guizhou, Hunan), Taiwan, Vietnam (Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Ninh binh, Quang Binh, Son La, Ha Giang), elevations up to 1000 m.

vietnamensis: N Vietnam; Type locality: Ky Anh - Ke Go, Ha Tinh Province.

Type locality: Kanshirei (= Kuantzuling), Formosa (= Taiwan).  
TypesHolotype: CAS 18002
Holotype: MVZ, adult male [carinatus]
Holotype: ZFMK 70342, paratypes in ZFMK [vietnamensis] 
CommentSimilar species: Has been misidentified previously as T. wolteri or T. sexlineatus.

Behavior: diurnal. 
EtymologyNamed after Victor Kühne, which was actually an alias for Dr. John Cheesman "Snake" Thompson (1874-1943), an American naval surgeon and spy working for the U.S. Navy. He was a co-founder ofthe Zoological Society of San Diego and worked for Van Denburgh at the California Academy of Sciences when Van Denburgh was curator of Herpetology there. 
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