Reptiles of the
Yaeyama Islands  [Japan: Ryukyu Islands: Sakishima Islands]

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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (Compilation date: 14th April, 2023).

General remarks: The list includes only formally described species. Newly discovered, but still unnamed species are excluded. However, unnamed species or species unassigned to species level are included, if they are the only representatives of their genus in the region. Species counts exclude extinct and introduced species. Doubtful records, typically older voucher specimens of uncertain origin, have been excluded if considered questionable, as are records based on sources considered unreliable or controversial.
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Lizards (Sauria)
= endemicEX = extinct or assumed extinct

 Family Agamidae (Agamas and Dragons)
Genus Diploderma (Eastern Mountain Agamas)
Diploderma polygonatum

Japanese Mountain Agama

Goris & Maeda 2005 Ota 2003
 Family Gekkonidae (Typical Geckos)
Genus Gekko (Tokays)
Gekko hokouensis

Hokou Gecko

Goris & Maeda 2005
Genus Hemiphyllodactylus (Slender Geckos)
Hemiphyllodactylus typus

Indo-Pacific Slender Gecko

Goris & Maeda 2005
Genus Lepidodactylus (Scaly-toed Geckos)
Lepidodactylus lugubris

Common Mourning Gecko

Goris & Maeda 2005
 Family Lacertidae (Typical Lizards)
Genus Takydromus (Oriental Grass Lizards)
Takydromus dorsalis

Sakishima Grass Lizard

Arnold 1997 Goris & Maeda 2005
 Family Scincidae (Skinks)
Genus Plestiodon (Blue-tailed Skinks)
Plestiodon kishinouyei

Ryukyu Islands Giant Skink

Goris & Maeda 2005
Plestiodon stimpsonii

Yaeyama Seven-lined Skink

Goris & Maeda 2005
Genus Scincella (South Asian and American Ground Skinks)
Scincella boettgeri

Sakishima Ground Skink

Goris & Maeda 2005
Scincella dunan

Yonagunijima Ground Skink

Koizumi, Ota & Hikida 2022

Snakes (Serpentes)
= endemicEX = extinct or assumed extinct

 Family Colubridae (Typical Snakes or Colubrids)
Genus Calamaria (Oriental Reed Snakes)
Calamaria pavimentata

Brown Reed Snake

Goris & Maeda 2005
Genus Elaphe (Palearctic-Oriental Rat Snakes)
Elaphe carinata

East Asian Keeled Rat Snake

Goris & Maeda 2005
Elaphe taeniura

Stripe-tailed Rat Snake

Goris & Maeda 2005
Genus Hebius (Oriental Equatorial Keelbacks)
Hebius ishigakiensis

Yaeyama Water Snake

Goris & Maeda 2005 Malnate & Munsterman 1960 Malnate 1962 Ota & Iwanaga 1997 Wallach, Williams & Boundy 2014
Hebius pryeri

Ryukyu Keelback

Malnate & Munsterman 1960
Genus Lycodon (Oriental Wolf Snakes)
Lycodon multifasciatus

Ryukyu Mountain Wolf Snake

Goris & Maeda 2005 Vogel, David, Pauwels, Sumontha, Norval, Hendrix, Vu & Ziegler 2009 Vogel, Nguyen, Kingsada & Ziegler 2012
Lycodon rufozonatus

Red-banded Big-toothed Snake

Goris & Maeda 2005
Genus Ptyas (Giant Rat Snakes and Oriental Green Snakes)
Ptyas herminae

Sakishima Green Snake

Goris & Maeda 2005 Kidera & Ota 2017
 Family Elapidae [part 1: terrestrial species] (Cobras, Mambas, etc.)
Genus Sinomicrurus (East Asian Coral Snakes)
Sinomicrurus iwasakii

Ishigaki Coral Snake

Goris & Maeda 2005 Maki 1935 Smart, Ingrasci, Sarker, Lalremsanga, Murphy, Ota, Tu, Shouche, Orlov & Smith 2021
 Family Elapidae [part 2: marine species] (Sea Snakes)
Genus Hydrophis (Typical Sea Snakes)
Hydrophis melanocephalus

Black-headed Slender-necked Sea Snake

Smith 1926
Genus Laticauda (Sea Kraits)
Laticauda colubrina

Yellow-lipped Sea Krait

Heatwole, Busack & Cogger 2005 Ota, Takahashi & Kamezaki 1985
 Family Pareidae (Oriental Slug Eaters)
Genus Pareas (Typical Oriental Slug Eaters)
Pareas iwasakii

Ryukyu Slug Eater

Ding, Chen, Suwannapoom, Nguyen, Pogarkov & Vogel 2020 Goris & Maeda 2005 Vogel, Nguyen, Lalremsanga, Biakzuala, Hrima & Poyarkov 2020 Yang, Yeung, Huang & Yang 2021
 Family Viperidae (Vipers)
Genus Protobothrops (Habus and allies)
Protobothrops elegans

Elegant Pitviper

Goris & Maeda 2005 Gumprecht, Tillack, Orlov, Captain & Ryabov 2004
 Family Xenodermidae (Asian Litter Snakes)
Genus Achalinus (East Asian Burrowing Snakes)
Achalinus formosanus

Taiwanese Burrowing Snake

Goris & Maeda 2005

Turtles (Testudines)
= endemicEX = extinct or assumed extinct

 Family Cheloniidae (Hard-shelled Sea Turtles)
Genus Eretmochelys (Hawksbill Sea Turtle)
Eretmochelys imbricata

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Uchida & Nishiwaki in Bjorndal (ed.) 1982
 Family Geoemydidae (Eastern Pond Turtles)
Genus Cuora (Asian Box Turtles)
Cuora evelynae

Riu Kiu Yellow-margined Box Turtle

Goris & Maeda 2005
Genus Mauremys (Stripe-necked Turtles)
Mauremys mutica

Yellow Pond Turtle

Goris & Maeda 2005