Eutropis nagarjunensis (SHARMA, 1969)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Sharma's Mabuya|
|Synonym||Mabuya nagarjuni SHARMA 1969|
Mabuya nagarjuni — DAS 1996: 47
Eutropis nagarjuni — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Eutropis nagarjunensis — AMARASINGHE et al. 2016
|Distribution||India (Andhra Pradesh)|
Type locality: "Vijaypuri South, near right-bank of R. Krishna, lat. 16°35’N., long. 79°28’E., elevation 500 ft." (in Andhra Pradesh, south-eastern India).
|Types||Holotype: ZSI 21170; ZSI 21171 (paratype)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: SVL to 51 mm; prefrontals not in contact with each other; three pairs of nuchals and postnasals present and labial; and gular regions not flame scarlet (from DAS et al. 2008). Extended diagnosis in Srinivasulu et al. (2005).|
Diagnosis. The following combination of characters distinguishes Eutropis nagarjunensis from all other Indian congeners: two dark paravertebral bands on the back, undivided lower-eyelid disc, single postnasal, 33–35 midbody scale rows, 41 paravertebral scale rows, 51 ventrals, five keels on dorsal scales, 21–24 subdigital lamellae under fourth toe, two long and one short pre-auricular lobule on each anterior tympanum, prefrontals slightly separated, two pairs of large nuchals [AMARASINGHE et al. 2016: 160]
|Comment||Not listed, at least as such, in the Zoological Record of 1969.|
|Etymology||In the original description, Sharma (1969) did not mention the reason he gave the species epithet as “nagarjuni”. It could be that he wanted to honour a person (male) called “Nagarjun”. However, Sharma (1971) in his publication “The reptile fauna of the Nagarjunasagar Dam Area (Andhra Pradesh, India)” clearly stated the distribution of this species as the “Nagarjunasagar Area”. Therefore, Amarasinghe inferred that Sharma (1969) intended to name his species epithet as a toponym, but mistakenly named it as a patronym. Therefore, they corrected the species epithet as a participle adding the genitive termination “–ensis” to the stem of the name (i.e. Nagarjun) according to the generic name (i.e. Eutropis) which is feminine [Amarasinghe et al. 2016].|
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