Vietnascincus rugosus, a New Genus and Species of the Dasia-Like Arboreal Skinks (Sauria, Scincidae) from Vietnam

Ilya S. Darevsky, Nikolai L. Orlov


A new genus and species of arboreal lygosomine skinks from Gilai-Contum province in Central Vietnam are described. This new alpha-palatal skink is characterized by having rugose upper head shields, sharply keeled dorsal scales, longitudinally striped body pattern and some other characters different from those typical for members of the genera Dasia, Lamprolepis, and Apterygodon. Phylogenetic relations of new skink are discussed.


Reptilia; lizards; Scincidae; Vietnascincus; Vietnam; taxonomy

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