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Higher TaxaScincidae, Ristellinae (Ristellini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Taylor's Tree Skink 
SynonymLankascincus taylori GREER 1991
Lankascincus taylori — AUSTIN et al. 2004
Lankascincus taylori — ZIESMANN et al. 2007
Lankascincus taylori — BATUWITA 2019: 237 
DistributionSri Lanka (sub montane forest area)

Type locality: central Ceylon  
TypesHolotype: BMNH; Paratypes in ZFMK, BMNH, CM, FMNH and USNM 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguished from all other species of Lankascincus by the following combination of characters: prefrontals in contact; frontoparietals two; supraciliaries eight to nine; primary temporal one; sec- ondary temporals two, in contact; supra- labials seven; last supralabial subequal to the preceding supralabial; postsupralabials two; paravertebrals 51–60, equal in size; ventral scales 55–64; transverse scale rows across mid-body 22–27; subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of manus 8–11; subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of pes 11–15; maximum SVL 44.0 mm; general body color dark brown; presence of dark-brown dorso- lateral stripe (BATUWITA 2019: 237).

Comparisons. Lankascincus taprobanensis: prefrontals widely separated and six supralabials; L. fallax: two primary temporals and secondary temporals subeq- ual; L. megalops: last supralabial smaller than the preceding supralabial, two primary temporals, and two separated secondary temporals; L. deignani: reddish-brown liv- ing body coloration, adpressed limbs over- lapping, and 19–20 subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of pes; L. dorsicatenatus: last supralabial smaller than the preceding supralabial, two primary temporals, and two separated secondary temporals; L. gansi: last supralabial smaller than the preceding supralabial, two primary temporals, and two separated secondary temporals; L. sripa- densis: adpressed limbs overlapping, two rows of supradigital scales, and 16–19 subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of pes; L. greeri: subocular pale spot, 19–20 subdigital lamellae under fourth digit of pes (BATUWITA 2019: 241). 
CommentSympatry: E. carinata, E. austini, L. gansi, and N. monodactyla. 
EtymologyNamed after Edward Harrison Taylor, 1889-1978 [obituary in Herp Review 10 (2): 47; see also Borrell 2013 for further biographical notes] 
  • Austin, C.C.; Das, I. & De Silva, A. 2004. Higher-level molecular phylogenetic relationships of the endemic genus Lankascincus from Sri Lanka based on nuclear DNA sequences. Lyriocephalus 5 (1-2): 11-22 [special issue] - get paper here
  • 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
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil & Abhijit Das 2017. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd., Oxford, 176 pp.
  • de Silva, Anslem, C. C. Austin, A. M. Bauer, S. Goonewardene, J. Drake, P. de Silva, T. Shripathy, S. Ramesh, K. Suthagar and A. Kajatheepan 2005. Observations on the skinks inhabiting the Knuckles massif: with special reference to genus Lankascincus. Lyriocephalus (Special Issue) 6(1-2):95-100 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • Wickramasinghe, L.J. MENDIS; Rodrigo, R.; Dayawansa, N. & Jayantha, U.L.D. 2007. Two new species of Lankascincus (Squamata: Scincidae) from Sripada Sanctuary (Peak Wilderness), in Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 1612: 1–24 - get paper here
  • Ziesmann, S.; Klaas, P.& Janzen, P. 2007. Von Skinken und anderen Echsen [Sri Lankas]. Draco 7 (30): 18-23 - get paper here
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