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Eutropis floweri (TAYLOR, 1950)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymMabuya floweri TAYLOR 1950: 487
Eutropis floweri — DAS 2008
Eutropis floweri — BATUWITA et al. 2020 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Ceylon, 12 mi N Trincomalee.  
TypesHolotype: INHS (= UIMNH), originally given as EHT-HMS 30507 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A small, terrestrial species; scales for the most part tricarinate having transparent part of eyelid broken into three or four short quadrangular scales; frontal short, equal to or minutely less than its distance from tip of snout, shorter than combined length of interparietal and frontoparietals; no postnasal; supra- nasals separated; prefrontals and parietals also separated; first chinshields separated; six superciliaries; a well-defined, swollen (glandular?) area on posterior part of thigh, covered with large, irregular, more or less pointed scales; 30 scale rows about body, the 12 ventral scale rows smooth, the 18 dorsal and lateral scale rows heavily keeled (Taylor 1950: 487). 
CommentSimilar species: Eutropis greeri is illustrated by Somaweera and Somaweera (2009) in figs. 255A, B (identified as E. floweri) and fig. 257A (identified as E. madaraszi). 
EtymologyTaylor does not explain after whom this species was named, but we suspect it may have been Captain Stanley Smyth Flower (1871-1946), former Director, Cairo Zoological Gardens, Giza, Egypt (1898-1924). Beolens et al. also do not explain this name. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil; de Silva, Anslem; Austin, Christopher C. 2008. A new species of Eutropis (Squamata: Scincidae) from Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 1700: 35-52 - get paper here
  • Smith, Hobart M.;Langebartel, David A.;Williams, Kenneth L. 1964. Herpetological type-specimens in the University of Illinois Museum of Natural History. [type catalogue] Illinois Biological Monographs (32): 1-80 - get paper here
  • 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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