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Eutropis greeri BATUWITA, 2016

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymEutropis greeri BATUWITA 2016
Eutropis floweri — SOMAWEERA & SOMAWEERA 2009: Fig 255 (in part)
Eutropis madaraszi — SOMAWEERA & SOMAWEERA 2009 (in part)
Eutropis macularia — DAS et al. 2008, in part
Eutropis greeri — BATUWITA et al. 2020 
DistributionSri Lanka (Galle)

Type locality: Kombala-Kottawa Forest Reserve, Galle, Sri Lanka, 06°06’N, 80°15’E, 60 m elevation  
TypesHolotype: NMSL (= WHT) 7000, male, 69.0 mm SVL, 24 October 2005, collected by S. Batuwita.
Paratypes. (All from Sri Lanka) NMSL (= WHT) 6957, 6997, 7009, two males and one female, 51.0, 70.0, 51.0 mm SVL, respectively, same location data as holotype, 8 April 2003, collected by S. Batuwita; NMSL (= WHT) 6961, female, 58.0 mm SVL, same location data as holotype, 20 April 2002, collected by S. Batuwita and I. Alagiyawadu; NMSL (= WHT) 6965, 6992, female and male, 47.0, 51.0 mm SVL, same location data as holotype, 29 March 2001, collected by S. Batuwita and I. Alagiyawadu; NMSL (= WHT) 6987, male, 56.0 mm SVL, Beraliya Forest Reserve, Pituwala near Elpitiya, 068150N, 808120E, 80 m, 8 June 2001, collected by S. Batuwita; NMSL RSK 5, female, 70.0 mm SVL, Dilkanda?, May 1927; NMSL (= WHT) 6986, 6990, 6993, one female and two males, 55.0 mm, 54.0 mm, 40.5 mm SVL, respectively, Hiyare near Galle, 068060N, 808200E, 60 m, 9 March 2003, collected by S. Batuwita; NMSL (= WHT) 7007, male, 73.0 mm SVL, Kanneliya Forest Reserve, 068150N, 808200E, 150 m, 13 July 1999, collected by S. Batuwita and I. Alagiyawadu; NMSL (= WHT) 2370, female, 70.0 mm SVL, Morningside forest reserve, Sinharaja World Heritage Site, 06825010"N, 80836030"E, 500 m, 12 January 1999, collected by M. M. Bahir and S. Nanayakkara; NMSL (= WHT) 6768, male, 34.0 mm SVL, same location data of NMSL (= WHT) 2370, 14 January 1999; NMSL (= WHT) 6959, 6977, two males, 48.0, 53.0 mm SVL, respectively, Udugama, Galle, 068140N, 808200E, 30 m, 10 February 2003, collected by P. Wickramatilake; NMSL CCA 1771, female, 71.2 mm SVL, no collection data [coordinates not correctly copyable from original paper] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Maximum SVL 73.0 mm; supranasals widely separated; postnasals absent; prefrontals widely separated, extended to lateral surface of snout; first supraocular not in contact with frontal; second supraocular in contact with frontal; frontoparietals paired, longer than wide; interparietal shorter than frontoparietal; parietal eye present; nuchals one pair; supraciliaries five, third distinctly elongate; pretemporals two, only upper contact with parietal; primary temporals two; secondary temporals two, separated by tertiary temporal scale, equal in size; supralabials seven; postsupralabials two; lower eyelid scaly; infralabials seven; first pair of chin shields in median contact; second pair of chin shields separated by a single median scale; dorsal body scale carination extends onto nuchals, parietals, supraoculars, and to temporals; paravertebrals 31–34; ventrals 46–52; longitudinal scale rows at midbody 28–32; keels on dorsal and lateral body scales 3–5; subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of pes 16–18; dorsolateral stripe narrow, a half-scale wide; dorsal coloration bronze brown with series of uninterrupt- ed dark brown longitudinal lines; and skin fragile. 
CommentIllustrations: Eutropis greeri is illustrated by Somaweera and Somaweera (2009) in figs. 255A, B (identified as E. floweri) and fig. 257A (identified as E. madaraszi).

Sympatry: L. fallax, Lankascincus gansi, Lankascincus dorsicatenatus, Lankascincus greeri, E. carinata, and O. wiegmanni.

Habitat: rainforest areas (forest reserves) of the wet zone; terrestrial species, often observed in leaf litter in lowland rain forests. 
EtymologyThe species name is a patronym in the Latin genitive singular, in honor of Allen E. Greer, for his special commitment to the scincid fauna of the world and for providing evidence for undescribed Eutropis species from Sri Lanka (see Greer and Nussbaum, 2000). 
  • Batuwita, Sudesh 2016. Description of Two New Species of Eutropis (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Sri Lanka with a Redescription of Eutropis madaraszi (Méhely). Journal of Herpetology 50 (3): 486-496. - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil; de Silva, Anslem; Austin, Christopher C. 2008. A new species of Eutropis (Squamata: Scincidae) from Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 1700: 35-52 - get paper here
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
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