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Barkudia insularis ANNANDALE, 1917

IUCN Red List - Barkudia insularis - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Madras Spotted Skink 
SynonymBarkudia insularis ANNANDALE 1917: 20
Barkudia insularis — SMITH 1935: 352
Barkudia insularis — DAS & DATTAGUPTA 1997
Barkudia insularis — MURTHY 2010 
DistributionIndia (Orissa = Odisha: Chilka Lake)

Type locality: Barkuda I., Chilka Lake, Madras Pres.  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 18075 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): The palatine bones do not meet in the median line of the palate, which is toothless. The teeth are conical. The eye is very small and surrounded by relatively large scales; the lower eye-lid is scaly, the upper eye-lid not developed. The ear-opening iS distinct but minute. The nostril is situated in a distinct nasal it is remote from the first labial and separated from the rostral bv a rounded tubercle. Three azygous shields exist on the top of the head; there are no prefrontals or frontonarietals. The body is elongate and snake-like. with no external trace of limbs. (Annandale 1917) 
CommentLimb morphology: Limbless.

Abundance: Extremely rare, has only been found once since its decription in 1917. This is one of the species called “lost” and “rediscovered” by Lindken et al. 2024.

Type species: Barkudia insularis ANNANDALE 1917 is the type species of the genus Barkudia ANNANDALE 1917. 
  • Annandale, N. 1917. A new genus of limbless skinks from an island in the Chilka Lake. Records of the Indian Museum 13: 17-21 - get paper here
  • Biswas, S. or Acharjyo, L.N. (??) 1979. A Note on the Distribution of Barkudia insularis, a Rare Limbless Lizard from Orissa. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 76: 524-525 - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil; Dattagupta, Basudeb 1997. Rediscovery of the holotypes of Ophisops jerdoni Blyth, 1853 and Barkudia insularis Annandale, 1917. . Hamadryad 22 (1): 53-55 - get paper here
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - get paper here
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 pp.
  • Smith, M.A. 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptiles and Amphibia, Vol. II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, 440 pp.
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
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