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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesEurylepis taeniolata arabica (SZCZERBAK 1990)
Eurylepis taeniolata parthianica (SZCZERBAK 1990)
Eurylepis taeniolata taeniolata BLYTH 1854 
Common NamesRibbon-Sided Skink, Alpine Punjab Skink, Yellow-bellied Mole Skink
parthianicus: Parthian Skink 
SynonymEurylepis taeniolatus BLYTH 1854
Eumeces taeniolatus — STOLICZKA 1872: 75
Mabouia taeniolata — ANDERSON 1871: 184
Plestiodon scutatus THEOBALD 1868: 25 (fide SMITH 1935)
Eumeces scutatus — BOULENGER 1887: 382 (fide SMITH 1935)
Eurylepis taeniolatus — DUNN 1933
Eurylepis scutatus — DUNN 1933
Eumeces taeniolatus — SMITH 1935: 342
Eumeces taeniolatus — TAYLOR 1936: 111
Eumeces taeniolatus — HAAS 1957: 74
Eumeces taeniolatus — DAS 1996: 46
Eumeces taeniolatus — KHAN & KHAN 1997
Eumeces taeniolatus — ANDERSON 1999
Eurylepis taeniolatus — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Eumeces taeniolatus — KHAN 2002 (pers. comm.)
Eumeces taeniolatus — SZCZERBAK 2003
Eurylepis taeniolatus — SCHMITZ et al. 2004
Eumeces taeniolatus — BAIG et al. 2008
Eumeces taeniolatus — DATTA-ROY 2017

Eurylepis taeniolata arabicus (SHCHERBAK 1990)
Eumeces yemenensis AL-SAFADI 1989
Eurylepis taeniolatus arabicus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Eurylepis taeniolatus arabicus — SINDACO et al. 2014

Eurylepis taeniolata parthianicus (SZCZERBAK 1990)
Eurylepis taeniolatus pathianicus [sic] — RASTEGAR-POUYANI et al. 2008 
DistributionNW/W Saudi Arabia, S Yemen, NE Iran, Iraq, Jordan,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (Kashmir, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh),
S Turkmenistan

arabicus: Arabia

parthianicus: Turkmen-Khorassan [USSR] area; Turkmenistan, NE Iran, N Afghanistan; Type locality: Northern slope of central Kopet Dag, Chuli, 25 km west of Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan.

Type locality: Alpine Punjab, Pakistan  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 2382 (fide Das et al, 1998)
Holotype: ZIK Re 18 no. 17660 adult male [parthianicus]
Holotype: BMNH [arabica] 
CommentType Species: Eurylepis taeniolatus BLYTH 1854 is the type species of the genus Eurylepis BLYTH 1854.

Gender. According to the ICZN, the gender of Eurylepis is feminine. See article 30.1.2. “a genus-group name that is or ends in a Greek word transliterated into Latin without other changes takes the gender given for that word in standard Greek dictionaries; Examples. [...] Names ending in -lepis (lepis), or -opsis (opsis) are feminine.”

Distribution: listed as questionable/possible for Jordan by DISI et al. 2001. See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
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