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Lygosoma guentheri (PETERS, 1879)

IUCN Red List - Lygosoma guentheri - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Lygosominae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Günther’s Supple Skink, Günther's Writhing Skink
G: Günthers Schlankskink 
SynonymEumeces punctatus GÜNTHER 1864
Eumeces Güntheri PETERS 1879: 36 (nom. subst. pro Eumeces punctatus)
Lygosoma guentheri — BOULENGER 1887: 311
Riopa guentheri — SMITH 1935: 319
Lygosoma guentheri — DAS 1996: 46
Lygosoma guentheri — VYAS & PRAJAPATI 2010 
DistributionIndia (Bombay Presidency, Matheran, Sholapur, Kurduwadi, Belgaum, N. Kanara; W Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, S Gujarat, Karnataka, Telangana)

Type locality: Ostindien  
CommentTypes: ZMB 8073 (2 specimens) are incorrectly listed as types in the ZMB catalogue. 
EtymologyNamed after Albert Günther (1830-1914), German-born zoologist at the British Museum. 
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  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - get paper here
  • Maqsood Javed, S.M.; M. Seetharamaraju , K. Thulsi Rao; Farida Tampal & C. Srinivasulu 2010. Distribution of Lygosoma guentheri (Peter, 1879) (Reptilia: Scincidae) in Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (4): 837-840 - get paper here
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 pp.
  • Patel, Harshil; Raju Vyas, Vaibhav Naik, Bhautik Dudhatra & Shantilal K. Tank 2018. Herpetofauna of the Northern Western Ghats of Gujarat, India. Zoology and Ecology, DOI: 10.1080/21658005.2018.1499237 - get paper here
  • Patel, Harshil; Vaibhav Naik, and Shantilal K. Tank 2016. Death-feigning behavior in two species of Lygosoma (Squamata: Scincidae) from India Phyllomedusa 15 (2): 191-194 - get paper here
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1879. Neue oder Weniger bekannte Eidechsenarten aus der Familie der Scinciden (Eumeces güntheri, Euprepes notabilis, Ablepharus rutilus). Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturf. Freunde Berlin 1879 (3): 35-37 - get paper here
  • Smith,M.A. 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptiles and Amphibia, Vol. II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, 440 pp.
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
  • VYAS, R. & V. PRAJAPATI 2010. Notizen zu Reptilien aus den Salher Hills, Nord - Sahyadri, Bundesstaat Maharashtra, Indien. Sauria 32 (4): 70-74 - get paper here
  • Vyas, Raju 2007. Herptofauna of Puma Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat, India. Reptile Rap (8): 10-15 - get paper here
  • Vyas, Raju 2014. Notes and comments on the distribution of two endemic Lygosoma skinks (Squamata: Scincidae: Lygosominae) from India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 6 (14): 6726–6732 - get paper here
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