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Larutia sumatrensis (BLEEKER, 1860)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymChelomeles sumatrensis BLEEKER 1860: 328
Chelomeles sumatrensis — GÜNTHER 1873: 146
? Chelomeles sumatrensis – BOULENGER 1887: 152
Lygosoma sumatrense — SMITH 1937: 221
Larutia sumatrensis — BÖHME 1981: 379
Larutia sumatrensis — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 265
Larutia sumatrensis — TEYNIÉ et al. 2010 
DistributionSunda Region, Indonesia (Sumatra)

Type locality: “Agam” (BLEEKER 1860)  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.16.89 (formerly, Agam, purchased P. Bleeker; ZMB 4055, Agam, Sumatra, donated P. Bleeker. 
CommentLimb morphology: Limbs reduced with only 2 toes and vestigial fingers.

Chelomeles sumatrensis has been described by BLEEKER 1860 as well as GÜNTHER 1873 (who received his specimens from Bleeker), hence both authors have been cited as first describers.

Type species: Chelomeles sumatrensis Bleeker 1860 is the type species of the genus Dimeropus COPE 1892, a nomen oblitum and a synonym of Larutia, fide Shea 2021. 
Etymologynamed after the type locality on Sumatra. 
  • Bleeker, P. 1860. Reptilien van Agam. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indie, Batavia, 20: 325-329 - get paper here
  • Böhme,W. 1981. A new lygosomine skink from Thailand (Reptilia: Scincidae) [Larutia osellai]. BOLLETTINO DEL MUSEO CIVICO DI STORIA NATURALE DI VERONA 8: 375-382
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1887. Note on some reptiles from Sumatra described by BLEEKER in 1860. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (5) 20: 152 - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1892. On degenerate types of scapular and pelvic arches in the Lacertilia. Journal of Morphology 7: 223–242 - get paper here
  • FUKUYAMA, IBUKI; TSUTOMU HIKIDA, MOHAMAD YAZID HOSSMAN, KANTO NISHIKAWA 2019. A new species of the genus Larutia (Squamata: Scincidae) from Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Borneo. Zootaxa 4661 (3): 522–532 - get paper here
  • Grismer, Jesse L.; Tzi Ming Leong, and Norsham S. Yaakob 2003. TWO NEW SOUTHEAST ASIAN [Sundaland?] SKINKS OF THE GENUS LARUTIA AND INTRAGENERIC PHYLOGENETIC RELATIONSHIPS. Herpetologica 59 (4): 552–564 [554-566] - get paper here
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; EVAN QUAH SENG HUAT, CAMERON D. SILER, CHAN, K. O., PERRY L. WOOD, JR., JESSE L. GRISMER, SHAHRUL ANUAR MOHD SAH & NORHAYATI AHMAD 2011. Peninsular Malaysia’s first limbless lizard: a new species of skink of the genus Larutia (Böhme) from Pulau Pinang with a phylogeny of the genus. Zootaxa 2799: 29–40 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1873. Notes on and descriptions of some lizards with rudimentary limbs, in the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) 12: 145-148 - get paper here
  • Manthey, U. & Grossmann, W. 1997. Amphibien & Reptilien Südostasiens. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 512 pp. - get paper here
  • SHEA, GLENN M. 2021. The identity of twelve scincid generic names proposed by Cope in 1892 (Squamata: Scincidae). Zootaxa 5057 (4): 577–589 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • TEYNIÉ, ALEXANDRE; PATRICK DAVID, & ANNEMARIE OHLER 2010. Note on a collection of Amphibians and Reptiles from Western Sumatra (Indonesia), with the description of a new species of the genus Bufo. Zootaxa 2416: 1–43 - get paper here
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