Dasia haliana (HALY & NEVILL, 1887)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Dasia haliana?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Ceylonese Dasia|
|Synonym||Euprepes 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
Type locality: Henarathgoda (07°04’N & 80°01’E) and Anuradhapura (08°21’N & 80°23’E) [close to Gampaha Town].
|Types||Syntypes: 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.|
|Comment||Distribution: 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.
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