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Higher TaxaScincidae, Lygosominae (Lygosomini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: White-spotted Supple Skink
G: Weissflecken-Laubskink 
SynonymRiopa albopunctata GRAY 1846: 430
Riopa albopunctata — THEOBALD 1868: 26
Eumeces albopunctatus — ANDERSON 1871: 158
Lygosoma albopunctatum — BOULENGER 1887: 309
Lygosoma albopunctatum — HORA 1927: 5
Riopa albopunctata — SMITH 1935: 316
Lygosoma albopunctata — BOBROV 1995
Lygosoma albopunctata — DAS 1996
Riopa albopunctata — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 27
Lygosoma albopunctata — ZIEGLER et al. 2007
Riopa albopunctata — WAGNER et al. 2009
Lygosoma albopunctatum — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Lygosoma albopunctata — MURTHY 2010
Lygosoma albopunctata — VENUGOPAL 2010
Lygosoma albopunctatum — KÄSTLE et al. 2013: 459
Lygosoma albopunctata — DAS & DAS 2017
Lygosoma albopunctatum — SILER et al. 2018
Lygosoma albopunctata — GRISMER & QUAH 2019
Riopa albopunctata — FREITAS et al. 2019
Lygosoma albopunctata — PATEL & VYAS 2019
Riopa albopunctata — HAKIM et al. 2020
Lygosoma albopunctata — JAMAN et al. 2021 
DistributionSunda region (fide MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997), W Malaysia (fide CHAN-ARD et al. 1999), Vietnam,
Bangladesh, India (Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh,Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Assam and West Bengal; Denkanikota Hills, and near Ellore in the Godavari district, Bilaspur [C.P.], Chilka Lake, Purneah, Muzaffarpur [Bihar and Orissa], Calcutta, Mundiaghut [Uttar Pradesh]), Nepal (Royal Chitwan National Park, fide SMITH 1935), Maldives

Type locality: Madras  
Reproduction 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.18.87-90 (fide Ganesh 2017); listed as unknown in Sang et al. 2009. 
DiagnosisIdentification. Riopa albopunctata is an extremely slender, small-limbed skink with a light brown dorsum bearing narrow, dark, broken lines and dark sides with white speckling but fading to brown towards tail. Hatchlings were a more uniformly deep brown with a maroon tail. This species is differentiated from other Riopa species by its pattern and gestalt, with the identification confirmed by Aniruddha Dutta and Stephen Mahony (pers. comm., from Hakim et al. 2020). 
CommentDistribution: possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012). 
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