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Eutropis bibronii (GRAY, 1839)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Seashore Skink 
SynonymTiliqua bibronii GRAY 1839: 290
Scinc[us] bibronii COCTEAU (fide GRAY 1838)
? Euprepes Bibronii — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 675
Euprepis trilineatus GRAY 1846
Mabuia bibronii — BOULENGER 1890: 184
Mabuya bibronii — HORA 1927
Mabuya bibronii — DAS 1996: 4
Eutropis bibronii — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Mabuya bibronii — MURTHY 2010
Eutropis bibronii — AMARASINGHE et al. 2016
Eutropis cf. bibronii — GANESH et al. 2018
Eutropis bibronii — BATUWITA et al. 2020 
DistributionE India (Orissa = Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, S Kerala), Sri Lanka

Type locality: “South Africa” (in error), collector and date unknown; Amarasinghe et al. (2016) suggest to correct the type locality to Madras, South India based on the type locality of the syntypes for Euprepis trilineatus.  
Reproductionoviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 2940 and MNHN-RA 7076, no locality or collector.
Syntypes: BMNH 1946.8.19.8-12 [Euprepis trilineatus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The following combination of characters distinguishes Eutropis bibronii from all other Indian congeners: two dark paravertebral stripes separated by a pale median stripe on the back, undivided lower-eyelid disc, single postnasal, 28–30 midbody scale rows, 37–41 paravertebral scale rows, 46–52 ventrals, 5 keels on dorsal scales, 15–19 subdigital lamellae under fourth toe, two long pre-auricular lobules on each anterior tympanum, prefrontals slightly or broadly separated, two pairs of large nuchals (rarely three) [from Amarasinghe et al. 2016]. 
CommentSynonymy: following Boulenger 1887: 173 and AMARASINGHE et al. 2016. 
EtymologyNamed after Gabriel Bibron (1806-1848), French zoologist. 
  • Amarasinghe, A A Thasun, S R Ganesh, Zeeshan A Mirza, Patrick D Campbell, Olivier S G Pauwels, Silke Schweiger, Alexander Kupfer, et al. 2021. The Delusion of Stripes: A Century-Old Mystery of Five-Lined Sun Skinks (Reptilia: Scincidae: Eutropis) of Peninsular India Elucidated. Zoologischer Anzeiger 296: 71–90 [print 2022] - get paper here
  • AMARASINGHE, A. T., GANESH, S., PATEL, H., DEUTI, K., CAMPBELL, P. D., PALOT, M. J., ... & SUPRIATNA, J. 2021. Taxonomy and predicted distribution of a rare Indian skink, Eutropis innotata (Blanford, 1870)(Reptilia: Scincidae) with the redescription of its holotype. Zootaxa 4981 (3): 577-592 - get paper here
  • Amarasinghe, A.A. THASUN.; PATRICK D. CAMPBELL, S.R. CHANDRAMOULI, KAUSHIK DEUTI, SUJOY RAHA, D.M.S. SURANJAN KARUNARATHNA, IVAN INEICH 2016. Taxonomy of two endemic Indian skinks, Eutropis bibronii (Gray, 1838) and E. nagarjunensis (Sharma, 1969) (Reptilia: Scincidae), including redescriptions of their types. Zootaxa 4154 (2): 155–168 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - get paper here
  • Chandramouli, S. R., S. R. Ganesh, M. Sravanan & N. Baskaran 2012. Record of the sea-shore skink Eutropis bibronii in the Eastern Ghats of southern India. Salamandra 48 (4): 241-242 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol. 5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S.R.; A. Kalaimani, P. Karthik, N. Baskaran, R. Nagarajan & S.R.Chandramouli 2018. Herpetofauna of Southern Eastern Ghats, India – II From Western Ghats to Coromandel Coast. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, July 2018. Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 28-45 - get paper here
  • Ganesh, S.R.; S. Bhupathy, P. Karthik, G. Babu Rao & S. Babu 2020. Catalogue of herpetological specimens from peninsular India at the Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology & Natural History (SACON), India. JoTT 12 (9): 16123–16135 - get paper here
  • Ghosh, A & Banerjee, K; 2019. Eutropis bibronii (Seashore Skink) Tail bifurcation. Herpetological Review 50 (3): 573-574 - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1839. Catalogue of the slender-tongued saurians, with descriptions of many new genera and species. Part 2. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 2 (10): 287-293 - get paper here
  • Hora, S.L. 1927. Notes on lizards in the Indian Museum. III. On the unnamed collection of lizards of the family Scincidae. Records of the Indian Museum 29: 1-6
  • Karthik, Pandi 2017. Sea-shore Skink - Another inland sighting of Eutropis bibronii (Gray, 1838) in scrub habitat, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Zoo’s Print 32 (3):  22-24 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan D. M. S. and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe 2011. A PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF THE REPTILE FAUNA IN NILGALA FOREST AND ITS VICINITY, MONARAGALA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA. Taprobanica 3 (2): 69-76 - get paper here
  • Khanduri, S., Thirumurugan, V., CS, V., Chinnasamy, R., Das, A., & Talukdar, G. 2022. A note on opportunistic records of reptiles from the Moyar River Valley Landscape, Tamil Nadu, southern India. Journal of Animal Diversity 4 (4) - get paper here
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 pp.
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • SILVA, ANSLEM DE; W. M. J. SANDARUWAN, H. K. SAMEERA DE ZOYSA, KANISHKA D.B. UKUWELA 2017. An authentic record of Eutropis bibronii (Gray, 1838) (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 4329 (2): 175-182 - get paper here
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • Subramanean, J.; M. Vikram Reddy 2012. Diurnal Variation in Densities of Three Species of Lizards — Sitana ponticeriana, Calotes versicolor, and Eutropis bibronii in Relation to Temperature and Relative Humidity Across Different Seasons on Coramandel Coast Near Chennai (India). Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (4): 277-283 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1953. A review of the lizards of Ceylon. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 35 (12): 1525-1585 - get paper here
  • Tsetan, Chime & R. Ramanibai 2011. Reptilian fauna of agricultural landscapes of Chembarambakkam Lake, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Reptile Rap (13): 2-8 - get paper here
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
  • Ziesmann, S.; Klaas, P.& Janzen, P. 2007. Von Skinken und anderen Echsen [Sri Lankas]. Draco 7 (30): 18-23 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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