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Kaestlea palnica (BOETTGER, 1892)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma (Leiolopisma) travancoricum var. palnica BOETTGER 1892: 72
Leiolopisma palnicum — SMITH 1935: 305
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) palnicum — SMITH 1937: 225
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) palnicum [BOETTGER] — SMITH 1937: 225
Kaestlea palnica — EREMCHENKO & DAS 2004 
DistributionSW India (Palni Hills, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Kerala); elevation up to 2134 m.

Type locality: “Kodaikanal in den Palni Hills”, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, SW India (10° 14’ N, 77° 29’ E).  
TypesLectotype: SMF 14657 (= 6261, 1b in Boettger, 1893; 6261, 2a in Mertens, 1922), Kodai-Kanal, Palni Hills, S India, collected T. Kolb, 1890, designated by Mertens, 1967. (Designation of BMNH 1946.8.16.53 as lectotype by Eremchenko & Das (2004) is invalid because a lectotype already exists in SMF. 
CommentOuboter (1986) considered S. palnica as a synonym of S. travancorica. Distribution not corrected for elevation to species status. 
EtymologyNamed after its type locality. 
  • Boettger, O. 1892. Listen von Kriechtieren und Lurchen aus dem tropischen Asien und aus Papuasien. Ber. Tät. Offenb. Ver. Nat., Offenbach, 29 - 32: 65 - 164 - 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 - 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
  • 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
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