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Eumeces blythianus (ANDERSON, 1871)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymMabouia blythiana ANDERSON 1871: 186
Eumeces blythianus — BOULENGER 1887: 385
Eumeces blythianus — SMITH 1935: 340
Eumeces blythianus — TAYLOR 1936: 143
Eumeces schneideri blythianus — DAREVSKY 1981: 360
Novoeumeces blythianus — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Eumeces blythianus — KHAN 2002 (pes. comm.)
Eumeces schneideri blythianus — SCHMITZ et al. 2004 
DistributionIndia (Punjab), Pakistan, Afghanistan

Type locality: unknown (”purchased from a Bokhara merchant who stated that he obtained it at Amritzur”, fide Anderson 1871)  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 2384 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “A member of the Schneiderü group, the dorsal region olive-brown, with three brown stripes. A well-defined dark brown stripe on the side, bordered below by a clearly defined, broad, yellowish line; limbs well-developed, overlapping when adpressed. One postmental; no postnasal; prefrontals in contact; 30 scale rows about the middle of the body; the two median dorsal rows greatly widened; frontoparietals forming a broad suture; interparietal large, not inclosed by the parietals; about 60 scales from parietals to above vent. (Character of anals unknown but presumably as in other members of the Schneider group, with median overlapping outer.)” (Taylor 1936) 
EtymologyNamed after Edward Blyth (1810-1873), Curator of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 
  • Anderson, J. 1871. On two Saurian genera Eurylepis and Plocederma Blyth, with a description of a new species of Mabouia Fitzinger. Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 1871: 180-190 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - get paper here
  • FAIZI, HIVA; NASRULLAH RASTEGAR-POUYANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI, ROMAN NAZAROV, NASTARAN HEIDARI, BAHMAN ZANGI, VALENTINA ORLOVA, NIKOLAI POYARKOV 2017. A new species of Eumeces Wiegmann 1834 (Sauria: Scincidae) from Iran. Zootaxa 4320 (2): 289–304 - get paper here
  • Finn, F. 1898. Notes on a specimen of the rare scincoid lizard Eumeces blythianus (Anderson) from the Afridi country, with exhibition of the type-specimens. Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal:189. - get paper here
  • Griffith, H., A. Ngo & R. W. Murphy 2000. A cladistic evaluation of the cosmopolitan genus Eumeces Wiegmann (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 7 (1): 1-16 - get paper here
  • Khan, M.S. 2003. CHECKLIST AND KEY TO THE LIZARDS OF PAKISTAN. Pakistan J. Zool. Suppl. Ser. (1): 1-25 - get paper here
  • Khan, Muhammad S; Khan, Muhammad R Z 1997. A new skink from the Thal Desert of Pakistan. Asiatic Herpetological Research 7: 61-67 - get paper here
  • Lambert, Helen; Gemma Carder and Neil D’Cruze 2019. Given the Cold Shoulder: A Review of the Scientific Literature for Evidence of Reptile Sentience. Animals 9: 821 - get paper here
  • Masroor, R. 2009. Description of a new species of Eumeces (Sauria: Scincidae) from Pakistan. Zootaxa 2161: 33–46 - get paper here
  • Schmitz, Andreas; Patrick Mausfeld and Dirk Embert 2004. Molecular studies on the genus Eumeces Wiegmann, 1834: phylogenetic relationships and taxonomic implications. Hamadryad 28 (1-2): 73 – 89 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Taylor, E. H. 1936. A taxonomic study of the cosmopolitan lizards of the genus Eumeces with an account of the distribution and relationship of its species. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 23 (14): 1-643 [1935] - get paper here
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