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Eutropis beddomei (JERDON, 1870)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesBeddome's Mabuya 
SynonymEuprepes beddomei JERDON 1870: 73
Mabuia beddomii — BOULENGER 1887: 179
Euprepes (Tiliqua) septemlineatus BLANFORD 1870: 360 (fide SMITH 1935)
Mabuya beddomii — SMITH 1935: 274
Mabuya beddomii — DAS 1996: 46
Eutropis beddomii — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Eutropis beddomei — VENUGOPAL 2010
Eutropis beddomei — GANESH & ARUMUGAM 2016 
DistributionIndia (Berar, Salem, Tinnevelly, Malabar, Sivagherry Hills, Mysore, Anaimalai Hills, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala), Sri Lanka

Type locality: “Mysore”, Karnataka State, India.  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.8.19.17 (formerly, presented by T.C. Jerdo. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. The following combination of characters distinguishes Eutropis beddomei from all other Indian and Sri Lankan congeners: five pale vertebral stripes on the back, divided (scaly) lower-eyelid disc, 29–34 midbody scale rows, 48–54 paravertebral scales, 53–59 ventrals, three (rarely four) keels on dorsal scales, 12–16 subdigital lamellae under fourth toe and a single pair of large smooth nuchals (Figs. 1–3) [AMARASINGHE et al. 2016].

Comparison. Congeners from mainland India and Sri Lanka have the following suite of characters that distinguish them from Eutropis beddomei. Unlike E. beddomei, E. bibronii, E. dissimilis, E. innotata, and E. nagarjuni have undivided lower-eyelid discs (vs. divided/scaly). Eutropis beddomei has three keels on its dorsal scales (vs. 5–7 keels in E. trivittata; and 6 or 7 keels in E. tammanna). Eutropis carinata, E. multifasciata, and E. rudis have a uniform olive-brown dorsum lacking clearly visible bands; and E. madaraszi has a pale dorsolateral stripe from supralabials to midtail (vs. five pale complete or incomplete vertebral stripes). Eutropis clivicola has 17–19 subdigital lamellae under fourth toe (vs. 14–16). Eutropis gansi has 41 ventrals (vs. 55–59). E. macularia and E. floweri have 34–37 and E. quadricarinata has 41–43 paravertebral scales (vs. 48–54) [AMARASINGHE et al. 2016]. 
EtymologyNamed after Richard Henry Beddome, 1830–1911, British army officer and botanist. 
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  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575pp. - get paper here
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