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Nessia layardi (KELAART, 1853)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Layard's Nessia 
SynonymAcontias layardi KELAART 1853: 12
Acontias (Nessia) layardi — DERANIYAGALA 1931
Acontias (Anguinicephalus) layardi — DERANIYAGALA 1934
Nessia layardi — SMITH 1935: 359
Nessia layardi — TAYLOR 1950: 512
Nessia layardi — DAS 1996: 47
Nessia layardi — SOMAWEERA & SOMAWEERA 2009 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: “Soil of the Cinnamon Gardens of Colombo”  
TypesSyntypes: Lost (Kelaart refers to specimens sent to him by Layard), from Cinnamon Gardens of Colombo, Sri Lanka, collected E. Layard. 
EtymologyNamed after Edgar Leopold Layard (1824-1900) who was born in Italy. He travelled widely, including to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) (1844-1854), South Africa, Brazil, Fiji, and New Caledonia. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • Kelaart, EDWARD FRED 1853. Prodromus Faunae Zeylanicae: Descriptions of new or little known reptiles. Colombo, 2 (1): 11-22, [1854] - 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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