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Nessia deraniyagalai TAYLOR, 1950

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Deraniyagala's Nessia 
SynonymNessia deraniyagalai TAYLOR 1950: 516
Nessia deraniyagalai — DAS 1996: 47
Nessia deraniyagalai — SOMAWEERA & SOMAWEERA 2009 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: 16 mi. N Trincomalee near shore, on small hillock at an elevation of about 10 m.  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 178287 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Paulus Edward Peiris Deraniyagala (1900-1976), a scientist and zoologist who was Director ofall National Museums, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) (1939-1963). 
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • 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
  • Voort, M. van der 1990. Medieval Herpetology, part 10: Hier coemt L - Hoert van der N. Litteratura Serpentium 10 (6): 238-243 - get paper here
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