Lankascincus sripadensis MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE, RODRIGO, DAYAWANSA & JAYANTHA, 2007
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Ristellidae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Sinhala: Sripakandu duburu hekanala|
Tamil: Sivanolipathmalai arene
E: Sripada forest skink
|Synonym||Lankascincus sripadensis MENDIS WICKRAMASINGHE, RODRIGO, DAYAWANSA & JAYANTHA 2007|
Lankascincus cf. sripadensis — KOTTAWA-ARACHCHI & GAMAGE 2015
Type locality: Sripada Sanctuary (Adam’s peak), Nuwara Eliya District, Central Province. (N 06° 48’ 24.63, E 080° 30’ 41.21) Elevation 1825 m.
|Types||Holotype: NMSL 200705001. Adult male 58.27 mm SVL; Coll. R. K. Rodirigo, D. Jayantha, and L. J. M. Wickramasinghe. 07. 11. 2006.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Lankascincus sripadensis sp. nov. is distinguished from known congeners by possessing the following combination of characters: A large sized Lankascincus 56–58 mm SVL; Prefrontals are fused or narrowly in contact; three loreal scales, the anterior loreal is touching the prefrontal, frantonasal, nasal, 1st and 2nd supralabial scales; the posterior loreals are larger than the anterior loreal in longitudinal axis, the upper anterior loreal is touching the prefrontal and upper anterior preocular; the lower posterior loreal is touching 2nd, 3rd supralabials and 1st subocular scale; the nasal is not fused; 7 supralabials, the last supralabial scale is single, 5th at the mid orbit point; 26 smooth scale rows at mid body; 56 to 58 paravertebral scales; 56 – 57 scales between mental and vent; median preanals are enlarged, outer preanals overlap with inner; lamellae under the fourth finger 12–13, and fourth toe 17–19, the lamellae formulae including fingers and toes are 4>3>5>2>1 and 4>3>5>2>1.|
|Comment||Size: Lankascincus sripadensis sp. nov. is the species having the largest SVL in the endemic genus Lankascincus. The specimen FMNH131358 female 58 mm SVL.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The species epithet sripadensis is derived from the latin for “Sripada range” referring to the forest where the species nov. was found.|
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