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Lygosoma guentheri (PETERS, 1879)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Lygosominae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
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
Riopa guentheri — FREITAS et al. 2019 
DistributionIndia (Bombay Presidency, Matheran, Sholapur, Kurduwadi, Belgaum, N. Kanara; W Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, S Gujarat, Karnataka, Telangana)

Type locality: Ostindien  
Reproduction 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH no number, India, presented W.E. Elliott; 49.8.23.1, India, R. Everett; 51.12.17.1, India, purchased Mr Stevens; 59.6.20.1, Dekan, North Hyderabad, presented Dr Hamilton; ZMB 8073 (2 specimens). Bauer et al. (1995) treated this as a replacement name for Eumeces punctatus Günther, 1864, hence assuming that the type series consisted of the types of Günther's name (and that the ZMB specimens therefore were not syntypes, as they had not been seen by Günther. However, Günther was not describing a new species but merely referring specimens (and previous literature) to Gray's Riopa punctata, and Gray in turn referring specimens to Linnaeus's Lacerta punctata, with Peters arguing that the account under this name by Günther and Gray was not conspecific with Linnaeus's taxon. Hence Peters must be considered to have described a new species by bibliographic citation, and referred to it not only the ZMB specimens he had examined (and which were the basis for his decision), but also any BMNH specimens that were used by Günther and Gray for their accounts, together with any specimens that were used in literature cited by Günther (i.e., specimens used by Cantor, Blyth and Jerdon), but excluding those specimens referred to Lacerta punctata by Linneaus (1758) and Wiegmann (1835), which, although referred to by Günther were explicitly excluded from Eumeces guentheri by Peters. The BMNH specimens listed above are those that were present in the BMNH prior to Günther's monograph. ZMB 8073 (2 specimens) were incorrectly listed as types in the ZMB catalogue but are not types (fide F. Tillack, pers. comm., 3 Dec 2018). 
Diagnosis 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed after Albert Günther (1830-1914), German-born zoologist at the British Museum. 
References
  • Ardesana, R., B. Trivedi, R. Jadav, R. Jhala, P. Joshi, M. Bharad & J. Ardesana 2019. Lined Supple Skink: notes on Lygosoma lineata from Rajkot City, Gujarat, India. Zoo’s Print 34 (3): 15-18 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • FREITAS, ELYSE S.; ANIRUDDHA DATTA-ROY, PRAVEEN KARANTH, L. LEE GRISMER and CAMERON D. SILER 2019. Multilocus phylogeny and a new classification for African, Asian and Indian supple and writhing skinks (Scincidae: Lygosominae) Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2019, XX, 1–30. - 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.
  • Parmar, Dikansh S. and Shantilal K. Tank 2019. Herpetofauna of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, India IRCF 26 (1): 21–34 - get paper here
  • Patel, Harshil; and Raju Vyas 2019. Reptiles of Gujarat, India: Updated Checklist, Distribution, and Conservation Status. Herpetology Notes 12: 765-777 - get paper here
  • 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. Present conservation scenario of reptile fauna in Gujarat State, India. Indian Forester, Oct 2007: 1381-1394 - 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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