A Taxonomic Reevaluation of the Gekkonid Lizard Genus Teratoscincus in China

J. Robert Macey, Natalia B. Ananjeva, Yuezhao Wang, Theodore J. Papenfuss

Abstract


New collections of Teratoscincus from China and reexamination of type specimens in the Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia, reveal that T. roborowskii Bedriaga, «1905» (1906), is a valid species. The type locality given by Bedriaga is in error and is here corrected to the Turpan Depression, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China where the species is endemic. Two additional species inhabit China, T. przewalskii (in the Taklimakan Desert, Hami Depression, Junggar Depression, and part of the Gobi Desert of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and adjacent provinces) and T. scincus (in the Ili River Valley of extreme western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region).

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Reptilia; Sauria; Gekkonidae; Teratoscincus roborowskii; taxonomy; China

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