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Kaestlea beddomii (BOULENGER, 1887)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma? beddomei BOULENGER 1887: 261
Leiolopisma beddomei — SMITH 1935: 305
Scincella beddomi — GREER 1974
Scincella beddomei — SHEA & GREER 2002
Kaestlea beddomi — EREMCHENKO & DAS 2004
Kaestlea beddomei — IUCN 2018 
DistributionIndia (Nilgiri Hills, Travancore Hills)

Type locality: “Travancore Hills”, S Western Ghats, south of Palghat, Kerala, SW India (10° 46’ N, 76° 39’ E) [locality of neotype].  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.8.17.68, designated by Eremchenko & Das (2004); Syntypes formerly BMNH 1946.8.17.68-70. 
CommentOUBOTER (1986) considered this species as synonym of Scincella bilineata. 
EtymologyNamed after Richard Henry Beddome, 1830–1911, British army officer and botanist. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • Eremchenko, V. K & I. Das 2004. Kaestlea: a new genus of scincid lizards (Scincidae: Lygosominae) from the Western Ghats, south-western India. Hamadryad 28 (1&2): 43-50
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Ouboter P E 1986. A revision of the genus Scincella (Reptilia: Sauria: Scincidae) of Asia, with some notes on its evolution. Zoologische Verhandelingen (229): 1-66 - 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
  • Shea, Glenn M. and Allen E. Greer 2002. From Sphenomorphus to Lipinia: Generic reassignment of two poorly known New Guinea skinks. Journal of Herpetology 36 (2): 148-156 - 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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