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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Spotted Eastern Ghats skink 
SynonymSepsophis punctatus BEDDOME 1870: 172
Sepophis punctatus [sic] — BOULENGER 1887: 423
Sepsophis punctatus — SMITH 1935: 353
Sepsophis punctatus — DAS 1996: 48
Sepsophis punctatus — DATTA-ROY et al. 2013 
DistributionIndia (Odisha, Andhra Pradesh)

Type locality: Darakondah, Golconda Hills, Madras Pres.; ““Darakondah on the Golcondah hills near Vizagapatnam” (= Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh state, India), 914 m elevation fide DATTA-ROY et al. 2013.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.21.30 
CommentKnown only from the type specimen and 4 specimens found 137 years after the original description (Datta-Roy et al. 2013).

Type species: Sepsophis punctatus BEDDOME 1870: 172 is the type species of the genus Sepsophis BEDDOME 1870. 
EtymologyNamed after the punctate pattern that many specimens show in this species. 
  • Aengals, R.; V.M. Sathish Kumar & Muhamed Jafer Palot 2013. Updated Checklist of Indian Reptiles. Privately published, 24 pp.
  • Beddome, R. H. 1870. Descriptions of new reptiles from the Madras Presidency. Madras Monthly J. Med. Sci., 2: 169-176 [Reprint.: J. Soc. Bibliogr. Nat. Sci., London, 1 (10): 327-334, 1940]
  • 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
  • DATTA-ROY, ANIRUDDHA; PRATYUSH P. MOHAPATRA, SUSHIL K. DUTTA, VARAD B. GIRI, DEEPAK VEERAPPAN, SIMON T. MADDOCK, PRUDHVI RAJ, ISHAN AGARWAL, PRAVEEN KARANTH 2013. A long-lost relic from the Eastern Ghats: Morphology, distribution and habitat of Sepsophis punctatus Beddome, 1870 (Squamata: Scincidae). Zootaxa 3670: 55-62 - get paper here
  • Dutta, S.K., M.V. Nair, P.P. Mohapatra and A.K. Mahapatra. 2009. Amphibians and reptiles of Similipal Biosphere Reserve. Regional Plant Resouce Centre, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India - get paper here
  • Langner, Christian 2022. „Die Rache der Ameisen“ – Ein selten dokumentiertes Beispiel für die Umkehr des Beutegreifer-Opfer-Verhältnisses bei einer überwiegend myrmecophagen Reptilienart. [“The revenge of the ants” – A rarely documented example of predator/prey reversal in a Sauria 44 (4): 49-52
  • 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.
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
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