First National Record of Sphenomorphus cryptotis Darevsky, Orlov et Ho, 2004 (Sauria, Scincidae) from China

Shuo Qi, Zhi-Tong Lyu, Wei-Liang Xie, Shao-Ping Wan, Wei Zhang, Jun Liu, Yun-Ming Mo, Ying-Yong Wang


Two specimens of the genus Sphenomorphus were collected in the Shiwandashan Nature Reserve, Guangxi, China After detailed morphological examination, these specimens were identified as Sphenomorphus cryptotis Darevsky, Orlov et Ho, 2004, which is a new national herpetological record for China and the first distributed locality outside of Vietnam. Morphological descriptions of the two Chinese specimens were given in this study, and the molecular data of this poorly known species is provided for the first time.


taxonomy; skink; distribution; China-Vietnam border

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