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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesEurylepis taeniolatus arabicus (SZCZERBAK 1990)
Eurylepis taeniolatus parthianicus (SZCZERBAK 1990)
Eurylepis taeniolatus taeniolatus BLYTH 1854 
Common NamesE: Ribbon-Sided Skink, Alpine Punjab Skink, Yellow-bellied Mole Skink
parthianicus: Parthian Skink 
SynonymEurylepis taeniolatus BLYTH 1854
Plestiodon scutatus THEOBALD 1868: 25 (fide SMITH 1935)
Eumeces taeniolatus — STOLICZKA 1872: 75
Mabovia [sic] taeniolata — ANDERSON 1871: 184
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 taeniolatus — PATEL & VYAS 2019
Eurylepis taeniolatus — KAMALI 2020
Eurylepis taeniolata — CHAPPLE et al. 2021
Eurylepis taeniolatus — SINGH et al. 2021

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

Eurylepis taeniolatus 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, Jammu and Kashmir),
S Turkmenistan

arabicus: Arabia; Type locality: 16 km from Taif-Abha Rd, Saudi Arabia

parthianicus: Turkmen-Khorassan [former 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: NMNHU (also given as ZIK) Re 18 no. 17660 adult male [parthianica]
Holotype: BMNH 1978.2268, collected by J. Gasperetti [arabica] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: This species is characterized by the following combination of characters: dorsal scalation heterogeneous, composed of smaller cycloid, imbricate scales laterally and a vertebral series of 75 enlarged, greatly elongated scales including nuchals; 21 rows of scales at midbody; a single large postnasal and 2 loreals; 7 supralabials, with the 5th and 6th forming the lower border of eye, the 7th the largest; 6 to 7 infralabials; 3rd toe is shorter than 4th, with 9 to 11 lamellae under 3rd toe and 8 to 9 under the 4th; tail longer than SVL. 
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. 
EtymologyNamed after Greek Tainia or Latin taenia = band, probably based on the bands on its tail.

Named after the large scales, Greek “eurys” = broad, wide, and “lepis” (= scale). Genus names ending in -lepis are feminine (Böhme & Denzer 2019), hence the name needs to be taeniolata. 
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