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Eutropis allapallensis (SCHMIDT, 1926)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Allapalli Grass Skink 
SynonymMabuya allapallensis SCHMIDT 1926
Mabuya allapallensis — SMITH 1935: 264
Mabuya allapallensis — DAS 1996: 46
Eutropis allapallensis — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Mabuya allapallensis — VYAS 2007
Eutropis allapallensis — DATTA-ROY et al. 2012
Mabuya allapallensis — PATANKAR et al. 2014
Eutropis allapallensis — GANESH & ARUMUGAM 2016 
DistributionIndia (Kerala, Gujarat, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra)

Type locality: Allapalli Forest, nr. Chanda, Central Provinces  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: FMNH 8648 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (allapallensis): frontoparietals fused; prefrontals not in contact; temporal scales smooth; preanals not enlarged; and gular regions not flame scarlet (from DAS et al. 2008).
 
CommentSynonymy partly after SMITH 1935. Mabuya allapallensis has been treated as a synonym of Mabuya macularis (Blyth, 1853) by Smith (1935). Sharma (1976) and Das (1991) considered it valid but Mirza et al. (2010) synonymized it again with E. macularia while GANESH & ARUMUGAM 2016 consider it as valid.

Habitat: E. allapallensis is a hill species, while E. macularia is rarely found in hill forests, being a widespread human-commensally plains species. 
EtymologyMabuya allapallensis was named after its type locality. 
References
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  • Das I. 1991. A new species of Mabuya from Tamil Nadu State, Southern India (Squamata: Scincidae). Journal of Herpetology 25 (3): 342-344. - get paper here
  • Das,I. 1996. Biogeography of the Reptiles of South Asia. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida
  • Datta-Roy, Aniruddha; Mewa Singh, C. Srinivasulu, K. Praveen Karanth 2012. Phylogeny of the Asian Eutropis (Squamata: Scincidae) reveals an ‘into India’ endemic Indian radiation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63: 817–824 - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S. R.; M. Arumugam 2016. Species Richness of Montane Herpetofauna of Southern Eastern Ghats, India: A Historical Resume and a Descriptive Checklist Russ. J. Herpetol. 23 (1): 7-24
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  • Mausfeld,P.; Vences, M. Schmitz, A. & Veith, M. 2000. First data on the molecular phylogeography of scincid lizards of the genus Mabuya. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 17 (1): 11-14 - get paper here
  • Mirza, Zeeshan A.; Rajesh V. Sanap, and Raman Upadhaye 2010. COMMENTS ON THE SYSTEMATIC STATUS OF Eutropis allapallensis SCHMIDT, 1926 (SAURIA: SQUAMATA: SCINCIDAE). Russ. J. Herpetol. 17 (4): 245 – 246 - get paper here
  • Patankar, P.; Singh, A.P.; Desai, I. & Suresh, B. 2014. SPECIES RICHNESS OF SAURIA IN GUJARAT WITH A TAXONOMIC KEY TO THE IDENTIFICATION OF THEIR FAMILIES AND SPECIES. Electronic Journal of Environmental Sciences 7: 27-36 - get paper here
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