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Dasia haliana (HALY & NEVILL, 1887)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Ceylonese Dasia
G: Ceylon-Baumskink 
SynonymEuprepes halianus HALY & NEVILL in NEVILL 1887
Theconyx halianus — ANNANDALE 1906: 191
Lygosoma (Keneuxia) halianus — DERANIYAGALA 1931: 174
Dasia haliana — SMITH 1935: 278
Dasia halianus — DAS 1996: 4
Dasia haliana — ZIESMANN et al. 2007
Dasia halianus — KARUNARATHNA & AMARASINGHE 2011 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Henarathgoda (07°04’N & 80°01’E) and Anuradhapura (08°21’N & 80°23’E) [close to Gampaha Town].  
ReproductionOviparous. 
TypesSyntypes: lost, originally NMSL (2 specimens). Wickramasinge et al. (2011) suggested that specimen R.S.K. II, a specimen lacking any data, was one of the syntypes. Das et al. (1998) state that ZSI 15977, from Ceylon, is one of the two syntypes, but provide no evidence for this. Wickramasinghe et al., 2011) identify BMNH 1908.3.19.3 (Ceylon, presented Professor G. Kerr) as a syntype, purely on the basis of similarity with the adult specimen described by Nevill (1887), and designated that specimen as lectotype, but this was rejected by CHANDRAMOULI & AMARASINGHE 2015 who argue that there was no evidence of the syntype status of this specimen. 
Diagnosis 
CommentDistribution: Reports from India are in error (A. Bauer, pers. comm. 30 Aug 2011, and Mendis Wickramasinghe et al. 2011), and actually represent D. subcaeruleum. No specimens were found in the first type locality by Mendis et al. 2011.

Habitat: primarily arboreal. 
Etymology 
References
  • Annandale, Nelson 1906. New and interesting lizards in the Colombo Museum. Spol. Zeyl. 3: 189-192
  • CHANDRAMOULI, S. R. & A. A. THASUN AMARASINGHE 2015. On some recent taxonomic advancement and the resultant problems in the arboreal skink genus Dasia Gray, 1839 (Reptilia: Scincidae). Zootaxa 3914 (4): 495–500
  • Deraniyagala,P.E.P. 1931. Some Ceylon Lizards. Ceylon J. Sci. B, 16: 139-180
  • Greer, Allen Eddy, Jr. 1970. The Relationships of the Skinks Referred to the Genus Dasia. Breviora (348): 1-30 - get paper here
  • Haly, A. & NEVILL H. in NEVILL, H. (ed.) 1887. Scincidae of Ceylon. Euprepes halianus, n. sp. Taprobanian 2: 56-57
  • HARIKRISHNAN, S.; KARTHIKEYAN VASUDEVAN, ANSLEM DE SILVA, V. DEEPAK, NILADRI BHUSAN KAR, ROHIT NANIWADEKAR, ALBERT LALREMRUATA, K. REBEKAH PRASOONA & RAMESH K AGGARWAL 2012. Phylogeography of Dasia Gray, 1830 (Reptilia: Scincidae), with the description of a new species from southern India. Zootaxa 3233: 37–51
  • Inger,R.F. & Brown, W.C. 1980. Species of the scincid genus Dasia GRAY. Fieldiana: Zoology 3: 1-11 - get paper here
  • Joshua J; Sekar A G 1985. Range extension of the skink Dasia haliana (H. Nevill, 1887). J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 82 (2): 422-423 - get paper here
  • Karthikeyan S 1991. Sighting of the arboreal skink Dasia haliana at Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 88 (1): 122-123 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan D. M. S. and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe 2011. A PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF THE REPTILE FAUNA IN NILGALA FOREST AND ITS VICINITY, MONARAGALA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA. Taprobanica 3 (02): 69-76
  • KARUNARATHNA, SURANJAN; THILINA SURASINGHE, MAJINTHA MADAWALA, DUSHANTHA KANDAMBI, THARAKA PRIYADARSHANA, AND ANSLEM DE SILVA 2016. NATURAL HISTORY AND CONSERVATION OF HALY'S TREE SKINK (DASIA HALIANA) IN DRY ZONE FORESTS OF SRI LANKA Herp. Cons. Biol. 11 (2): 272–279 - get paper here
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • Taylor, E.H. 1953. A review of the lizards of Ceylon. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 35 (12): 1525-1585 - get paper here
  • Wickramasinghe, L.J. Mendis; Nethu Wickramasinghe & Lalith Kariyawasam 2011. Taxonomic status of the arboreal Skink Lizard Dasia halianus (Haly & Nevill, 1887) in Sri Lanka and the redescription of Dasia subcaeruleum (Boulenger, 1891) from India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 3 (8): 1961–1974 - get paper here
  • Ziesmann, S.; Klaas, P.& Janzen, P. 2007. Von Skinken und anderen Echsen [Sri Lankas]. Draco 7 (30): 18-23 - get paper here
 
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