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Eutropis andamanensis (SMITH, 1935)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Andaman Islands grassskink 
SynonymMabuya andamanensis SMITH 1935: 271
Mabuya andamanensis — GREER et al. 2000
Eutropis andamanensis — MAUSFELD et al. 2002 
DistributionIndia (Andaman Island)

Type locality: ‘Andaman Islands’ (in the Bay of Bengal, India).  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.3.62 (formerly 1934.6.4.1; ZSI 14658); ZSI 15084, collected by C.G. Rogers. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A medium sized species of Eutropis from the Andaman Islands, SVL 75.0–115.0 mm; tail relatively short, about 1.4 times as long as the body; the two prefrontals and supranasals separated from each other; temporals keeled; nuchals in a single pair; tympanic opening relatively large; larger than an adjacent lateral scale, with three small, rounded auricular lobules; 28–30 midbody scale rows; 36–40 paravertebrals; dorsals pentacarinate; anterior genials in contact; posterior genials separated by a single scale; 48–56 ventrals; 26–28 subdigital lamellae on toe IV; dorsum uniform bronze brown with a greenish yellow venter (CHANDRAMOULI & AMARASINGHE 2020: 34). 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution on the Andaman Islands. 
  • Aengals, R.; V.M. Sathish Kumar & Muhamed Jafer Palot 2013. Updated Checklist of Indian Reptiles. Privately published, 24 pp.
  • Chandramouli, S.R. & A.A.T. Amarasinghe 2020. On two poorly known, insular skinks, Eutropis tytleri (Theobald, 1868) and E. andamanensis (Smith, 1935) (Reptilia: Scincidae), endemic to the Andaman Islands, India. TAPROBANICA 9 (1): 31-38 - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil & Abhijit Das 2017. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd., Oxford, 176 pp.
  • Greer, A.E., Arnold, C. & Arnold, E.N. 2000. The systematic significance of the number of presacral vertebrae in the scincid lizard genus Mabuya. Amphibia-Reptilia 21 (1): 121-126 - 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.
  • 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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