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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Burton's Nessia 
SynonymNessia burtonii GRAY 1839: 336
Nessia Burtonii — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 781
Acontias burtonii — BOULENGER 1887
Acontias (Nessia) burtonii — DERANIYAGALA 1931
Nessia burtonii — SMITH 1935: 357
Nessia burtonii — DAS 1996: 47
Nessia burtonii — SOMAWEERA & SOMAWEERA 2009 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Haycock Mountain, near Hiniduma, Sri Lanka, 06°20’N, 80°18’E, ~660 m (elevation) (neotype locality); original type locality unknown (fide SMITH 1935, Taylor 1950)  
TypesNeotype: NMSL (= WHT) 1573, designated by BATUWITA & EDIRISINGHE 2017. Original Holotype: FPM, no locality (lost). 
CommentType: not in BMNH fide P. Campbell (pers. comm., 25 July 2014)

Type species: Nessia burtonii GRAY 1839: 336 is the type species of the genus Nessia GRAY 1839. 
EtymologyNamed in honour of Major Edward Burton of the Museum of Chatham (1790-1867) (Beolens et al., 2011). Etymology of Nessia burtonii as mentioned by Batuwita & Edirisinghe (2015) is incorrect. 
  • BATUWITA, Sudesh; Udeni EDIRISINGHE 2017. Nessia gansi: a Second Three-toed Snake-Skink (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from Sri Lanka with the Designation of a Neotype for Nessia burtonii Gray. Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle «Grigore Antipa» 60 (1): 377–388; DOI: 10.1515/travmu-2017-0001 - 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: 575 pp. - 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
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol. 5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • Gray,J.E. 1839. Catalogue of the slender-tongued saurians, with descriptions of many new genera and species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 2 (11): 331-337 [continued from page 293] - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. London (Taylor & Francis), xxvii + 452 pp. - get paper here
  • Jayaneththi, Hareschandra Bandula 2015. Vertebrate fauna of Morankanda-Mukalana secondary forest patch in Sri Lanka: A checklist reported from 2004-2008 survey. RUHUNA JOURNAL OF SCIENCE 6: 21- 41 - get paper here
  • Manthey, U. 1981. Die Echsen des Ceylonischen Regenwaldes und seiner Randgebiete. Sauria 3 (2): 25-35 - 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.
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • Taylor, E.H. 1953. A review of the lizards of Ceylon. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 35 (12): 1525-1585 - get paper here
  • 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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