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Eumeces indothalensis KHAN & KHAN, 1997

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Striped Mole Skink 
SynonymEumeces indothalensis KHAN & KHAN 1997
Novoeumeces indothalensis — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Eumeces indothalensis — KHAN 2002 (pers. comm.)
Eumeces indothalensis — SCHMITZ et al. 2004
Eumeces indothalensis — MASROOR 2009 
DistributionPakistan (Punjab)

Type locality: near village Bar Ginga, 9 Km SW of Bakkar, midwestern Punjab, Pakistan, 32°.50’ N, 71° E, along west bank of Indus River, elevation: 75 m.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1990.6 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Medium sized skink, with dorsal pattern of 5-7 dark brown stripes separated by alternating light narrower stripes, extending on to the tail, no scattered scales of different colour on the body and limbs; nasal scale resting on first supralabial; nasal suture horizontal; no postnasal; interparietal about
half the size of frontal and is of the same shape; two azygos postmentals; 52-56 scales in paired middorsal row of wider scales; posterior loreal and presuboculars longer than deep; no intercalary scales between subdigital lamellae. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyNamed after part of the Thal Desert lying on the western bank of Indus River, northwestern Punjab, Pakistan, where the new species was collected. 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Masroor, R. 2009. Description of a new species of Eumeces (Sauria: Scincidae) from Pakistan. Zootaxa 2161: 33–46 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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
  • Shi, Haitao; Jonathan J. Fong, James F. Parham, Junfeng Pang, Jichao Wang, Meiling Hong, Ya-Ping Zhang 2008. Mitochondrial variation of the “eyed” turtles (Sacalia) based on known-locality and trade specimens. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49 (3): 1025-1029 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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