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Dasia subcaerulea (BOULENGER, 1891)

IUCN Red List - Dasia subcaerulea - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Boulenger’s tree skink, Boulenger's Dasia
G: Südindischer Baumskink 
SynonymLygosoma subcaeruleum BOULENGER 1891: 289
Lygosoma subcaeruleum BOULENGER 1891: 449
Dasia subcaerulea — SMITH 1935: 278
Dasia subcoerulea [sic] — SMITH 1937: 226
Dasia subcaeruleum — DAS 1996: 46
Dasia subcaeruleum — VENUGOPAL 2010
Dasia subcaerulea — CHANDRAMOULI & AMARASINGHE 2015 
DistributionS India (Madurai District, Kerala, Tamil Nadu), 1,100 - 5,900 ft elevation

Type locality: Bodanaikanur, Travancore (= Bodinaikanur, Madurai District, India), elevation 335 m.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.15.55 (formerly, Bodanaikanur, Travancore, India, collected H.S. Ferguson. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Specimen is placed in genus Dasia Gray, 1839 by a combination of following characters: palatal notch not extending forwards to between the front of the eyes; eyelids being well developed; lower eyelid scaly; nostril in the nasal; supranasal present; prefrontals, frontoparietals and interparietal being distinct; ear opening small and tympanum sunk. A relatively small and slender species of the genus, characterized by feebly keeled dor- sal scales on posterior body, 28 scale rows around the body; 14–16 lamellae under the fourth toe.  
  • Bhupathy, Subramanian & N. Sathishkumar 2013. Status of reptiles in Meghamalai and its environs, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5 (15): 4953-4961 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1891. On new or little known Indian and Malayan reptiles and batrachians. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 8: 288-292 - get paper here
  • CHANDRAMOULI, S. R. & A. A. THASUN AMARASINGHE 2015. On some recent taxonomic advancement and the resultant problems in the arboreal skink genus Dasia Gray, 1839 (Reptilia: Scincidae). Zootaxa 3914 (4): 495–500 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen Eddy, Jr. 1970. The Relationships of the Skinks Referred to the Genus Dasia. Breviora (348): 1-30 - get paper here
  • HARIKRISHNAN, S.; KARTHIKEYAN VASUDEVAN, ANSLEM DE SILVA, V. DEEPAK, NILADRI BHUSAN KAR, ROHIT NANIWADEKAR, ALBERT LALREMRUATA, K. REBEKAH PRASOONA & RAMESH K AGGARWAL 2012. Phylogeography of Dasia Gray, 1830 (Reptilia: Scincidae), with the description of a new species from southern India. Zootaxa 3233: 37–51
  • Inger,R.F. & Brown, W.C. 1980. Species of the scincid genus Dasia GRAY. Fieldiana: Zoology 3: 1-11 - get paper here
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • Smith , M.A. 1949. Note on a second specimen of the skink Dasia subcaerulea from Southern India. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 48 (3): 596-597 - 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.
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • 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
  • Wickramasinghe, L.J. Mendis; Nethu Wickramasinghe & Lalith Kariyawasam 2011. Taxonomic status of the arboreal Skink Lizard Dasia halianus (Haly & Nevill, 1887) in Sri Lanka and the redescription of Dasia subcaeruleum (Boulenger, 1891) from India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 3 (8): 1961–1974 - get paper here
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