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Lankascincus greeri BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Ristellidae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymLankascincus greeri BATUWITA & PETHIYAGODA 2007
Lankascincus greeri — BATUWITA 2019: 247 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Kombala-Kottawa Forest Reserve near Hiyaré,
Galle (Southern Province), 06º04’N, 80º15’E, 60 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: NMSL (= WHT) 6524 (adult male), 52.0 mm SVL, 04 April, 2003, coll. S. Batuwita 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Distinguished from all other Lankascincus by the following combination of characters: prefrontals in contact with each other, as long as wide; frontonasal smaller than prefrontals together; fronto- parietals two; supraciliaries 10–11; primary temporal one; secondary temporals two, in contact; supralabials seven; last supralabial subequal to the preceding supralabial; postsupralabials two; paravertebral scales 42–45; ventral scales 55–59; transverse scale rows across mid-body 26–28; subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of pes 19–21; maximum SVL 58.5 mm; forelimb length 29.1–30.1% of SVL; hind-limb length 39.3– 43.3% of SVL; body color reddish brown; dorsolateral stripe absent; subocular white spot present (BATUWITA 2019: 247).

Comparisons. Lankascincus taprobanensis: prefrontals widely separated and six supralabials; L. fallax: two primary temporals, adpressed limbs not overlapping, and 15–18 subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of pes; L. megalops: last supralabial smaller than the preceding supralabial and secondary temporals separated; L. deignani: adpressed limbs slightly overlapping and no suborbital pale spot; L. dorsicatenatus: last supralabial smaller than the preceding supralabial and secondary temporals sepa- rated; L. taylori: single supradigital scale row and 11–15 subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of pes; L. gansi: last supralabial smaller than the preceding supralabial and secondary temporals separated; L. sripa- densis: 51–55 paravertebral scales and no suborbital spot (BATUWITA 2019: 249). 
Etymologynamed after Allan E. Greer of the Australian Museum, in recognition of his many contributions to the taxonomy of Scincidae. The name is Latinized as a noun in the genitive singular case. 
  • Batuwita, Sudesh 2019. A REVIEW OF THE LIZARDS OF THE ENDEMIC GENUS LANKASCINCUS (REPTILIA: SCINCIDAE: LYGOSOMINAE) FROM SRI LANKA. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 162(3), (8 April 2019) - get paper here
  • 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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Botejue, W. Madhava S.; Jayantha Wattavidanage 2012. Herpetofaunal diversity and distribution in Kalugala proposed forest reserve, Western province of Sri Lanka. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 5 (2): 65-80(e38). - 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
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
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