Eutropis madaraszi (MÉHELY, 1897)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Eutropis madaraszi?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Sri Lanka Bronze Skink|
|Synonym||Mabuia madaraszi MÉHELY 1897|
Mabuya madaraszi — DAS 1996
Eutropis madaraszi — ZIESMANN et al. 2007
Eutropis madaraszi — DAS et al. 2008
Eutropis madaraszi — SOMAWEERA & SOMAWEERA 2009
Type locality: Ceylon. Two of the syntypes were from "Kala-Wewa" (08° 01'N; 80° 31'E, North Central Province, Sri Lanka) and "Madatugama" (07° 57'N; 80° 38'E, North Central Province, Sri Lanka).
|Types||Neotype. WHT 7001, male, 68.0 mm SVL, Kalahagala near Polonnaruwa, 07°52’N, 80°54’E, 60 m elevation, 5 June 2003, collected and designated by S. Batuwita 2016.|
Syntypes: MNH (Musei Nacionalis Hungarici), destroyed in a fire in 1956 (Balázs Farkas, in litt., June 5, 1996).
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Maximum SVL 70.0 mm; supranasals widely separated; prefrontals widely separated; postnasals absent; second supraocular in contact with frontal; frontoparietals paired, as long as wide; parietal eye present; parietals completely separated by interparietal; nuchals one pair; supraciliaries five, third distinctly elongate; pretemporals two, either only the upper in contact or both in contact with parietal; primary temporal 1 or 2; secondary temporals two, separated by a tertiary temporal; supralabials seven; postsupralabial one; lower eyelid scaly; infralabials seven; first pair of chin shields in contact medially; dorsal and lateral body scale carination extends up to nuchals; paravertebrals 37–42; ventrals 48–59; longitudinal scale rows at midbody 28–31; keels on dorsal and lateral body scales 3–7; subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of pes 15–19; all digits with well developed median keels; dorsal coloration copper-brown with 6–8 series of dark brown longitudinal lines, and skin not fragile (Batuwita 2016).|
Comparisons. “Here I compare E. madaraszi to congeners from Asia, listing only opposing suites of character states. Eutropis andamanensis: six supraciliaries, primary temporal single, sub- digital lamellae under fourth digit of pes 29; E. austini: only upper pretemporal contact with parietal, two postsupralabials, lacking well-developed median keels under subdigital lamellae; E. beddomei: prefrontals in contact medially, six supraciliaries; E. bibronii: lower eyelid with a transparent window, 20–22 subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of pes; E. carinata: supraciliaries 6–7; maximum SVL 122.0 mm, first pair of chin shields separated by a single median scale; E. clivicola: prefrontals in contact medially, first pair of chin shields separated by a single median scale; E. dissimilis: supranasals in contact medially, prefrontals in contact medially, lower eyelid with a transparent window; E. floweri: first pair of chin shields separated by a single median scale, dorsum with a paired series of transverse black markings; E. gansi: postsupralabials two, first pair of chin shields separated by a median scale; E. greeri: postsupralabials two, skin fragile, paravertebral scales 31–34, body dorsum bronze brown; E. innotata: lower eyelid with a transparent window, six supra- ciliaries; E. longicaudata: supranasals in contact medially, postna- sal present; E. macularia: first pair of chin shields separated by a median scale, subdigital lamellae lacking median keels; E. multifasciata: prefrontals in contact medially, postnasal present; E. nagarjuni: two pairs of nuchals, prefrontals in contact medially; E. novemcarinata: supranasals in contact medially, lower eyelid with a transparent window; E. quadricarinata: prefrontals in contact medially, postnasal present; E. tammanna: prefrontals in contact medially, dorsolateral stripe absent, SVL up to 54.0 mm; E. rugifera: 22–27 subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of pes; E. trivittata: supranasals in contact medially, prefrontals in contact medially; E. tytleri: prefrontals in contact medially, postnasal present.” (Batuwita 2016).
|Comment||Similar species: E. floweri|
Illustrations: The photographed individuals (fig. 256A, G) labeled as E. macularia macularia by Somaweera and Somaweera (2009) are E. madaraszi.
Sympatry: E. tammanna (at Polonnaruwa and Tissamaharama), E. carinata and L. fallax (at Kurunegala and Allauwa), E. flweri (in Mundel).
Habitat: Eutropis madaraszi is a semiarboreal lizard, frequently observed on rock surfaces and on tree buttresses.
Synonymy: This species has been previously synonymized with E. macularia but removed from synonymy by Da Silva (1998; fide I. DAS, pers. comm.).
|Etymology||Mabuia madaraszi was named after Julius v. Madarász, also known as Gyula Madarasz (1858-1931) of the MNH.|