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Lankascincus dorsicatenatus (DERANIYAGALA, 1953)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Ristellidae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymSphenomorphus dorsicatenatus DERANIYAGALA 1953
Lankascincus dorsicatenatus — GREER 1991
Sphenomorphus dorsicatenatus — DAS 1996: 48
Lankascincus dorsicatenatus — BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA 2007 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Angamana, near Nivitigala  
TypesHolotype: lost; paratypes in NMSL and BMNH 
CommentGreer 1991 speculated that Sphenomorphus dorsicatenatus might be synonymus with any of four Sri Lankan Lankascincus. This problem can not be solved, however, until the type specimen of dorsicatenatus are found. Batuwita & Pethiyagoda (2007) found the paratypes in the NMSL and noted that “Sphenomorphus dorsicatenatus is distinguished from L. greeri by having the secondary temporals separated by the upper primary temporal (vs secondary temporals in contact) and possessing only a single (vs 2) post-supralabials.” These authors consider this species to be valid. 
  • Batuwita, Sudesh and Rohan Pethiyagoda 2007. Description of new species of Sri Lankan Litter Skink (Squamata: Scincidae: Lankascincus). Ceylon Journal of Science (Bio. Sci.) 36(2):80-87
  • Deraniyagala, P.E.P. 1953. A coloured atlas of some vertebrates from Ceylon. Vol. 2. Tetrapod Reptilia. Govt. Press, Colombo, 101 pp.
  • Greer A E 1991. Lankascincus, a new genus of scincid lizards from Sri Lanka, with descriptions of three new species. Journal of Herpetology 25 (1): 59-64 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, D. M. S. S. and A. A. T. Amarasinghe 2012. Reptile diversity in Beraliya Mukalana proposed forest reserve, Galle District - Sri Lanka. Taprobanica 4 (1): 20-26 - get paper here
  • Manthey, U. 1981. Die Echsen des Ceylonischen Regenwaldes und seiner Randgebiete. Sauria 3 (2): 25-35 - 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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