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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Two-legged Nessia 
SynonymAcontias (Evesia) smithi DERANIYAGALA 1934
Nessia bipes SMITH 1935: 359 (nom. nov.)
Nessia bipes — TAYLOR 1950: 512
Nessia bipes — DAS 1996: 47
Nessia bipes — SOMAWEERA & SOMAWEERA 2009 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Gammaduva (or Gammadura), Central Province, Sri Lanka.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.2.80 (formerly 1933.11.22.4) 
  • 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, A. Bauer, C. C. Austin, S. Goonewardene, J. Drake, A. Balasubramaniam, C. Rajendran, V. Pathmadevan, M. Fernando and K. Sureskumar 2005. Notes on Nessia species inhabiting the Knuckles massif with special reference to Nessia bipes Smith, 1935 (Reptilia: Scincidae): the dominant snake skink. Lyriocephalus (Special Issue) 6(1-2):115-123 - get paper here
  • Deraniyagala, P.E.P. 1934. Some new fossorial skinks of Ceylon. Ceylon J. Sci. B, xviii: 231-233
  • 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.
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • Taylor, Edward H. 1950. Ceylones lizards of the family Scincidae. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 33 (2): 481-518 - get paper here
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