Bo CAI,Xiang JI,Yingyong WANG,et al.An Annotated List of Lizards (Sauria: Squamata) Recorded from the People’s Republic of China[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2022,13(1):1-11.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.210020]
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An Annotated List of Lizards (Sauria: Squamata) Recorded from the People’s Republic of China
Bo CAI 23 Xiang JI4 Yingyong WANG5 Dingqi RAO6 Song HUANG7 Yuezhao WANG1 Zhaobin SONG2 Xianguang GUO1* and Jianping JIANG1*
classification type specimen type locality distribution endemic species invasive species
From the perspectives of biodiversity conservation and management, there is an urgent need to have at hand current synopses of classification and distributions of species. In this paper, we review and summarize the classifications, Chinese and English names, type specimens, type localities and distributions of China’s lizard fauna to promote scientific exchange and species conservation among relevant people in China and internationally. As of December 31, 2020, a total of 230 species of lizard, belonging to 44 genera and 12 families, have been recorded from China, including 4 invasive species: 2 in the family Gekkonidae, 1 in Iguanidae and one in Dactyloidae. There are 115 endemic species, accounting for 50% of this group. The proportion of endemic species to China was the highest in the family Eublepharidae (84.62%), and the number of endemic species to China was the highest in the family Agamidae (42 species). The species distributions and classification in the “Fauna Sinica (Reptilia 2): Squamata (Lacertilia)” were updated. Among the provincial administrative units, there is a larger number of species in the southern provinces, such as Yunnan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Taiwan. Sichuan, Yunnan, and Taiwan harbour relatively more endemic species than others. A total of 154 species of lizards were first discovered in China, and the type localities of these species are concentrated in Yunnan, Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Sichuan.


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