Scincella capitanea OUBOTER, 1986
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Scincella capitanea?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Large ground skink|
|Synonym||Scincella capitanea OUBOTER 1986: 31|
Scincella capitanea — DAS 1996: 48
Asymblepharus capitaneus — EREMCHENKO et al. 1998
Asymblepharus (Himalablepharus) capitaneus — EREMCHENKO 2003
Scincella capitanea — LINKEM, DIESMOS & BROWN 2011
Type locality: 3 km W . of Dhampus, 1850 m elevation, Annapurna region, Central Nepal.
|Types||Holotype: RMNH 20464, 29-V-1981, SH 741, leg. P.E. Ouboter & L.M.R. Nanhoe.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A very large and robust Scincella, with a maximum snout-vent length of 78.5mm (x = 68.2 ± 10.0mm) and well-developed limbs. Head small; neck wider than the head. Thirty to 32 scales around midbody. Ciliars not thickened. Palpebral disc rather small. Ear very small, slit-shaped, without projecting lobules on the anterior margin (Ouboter 1986: 31).|
Color: In colour S. capitanea is quite similar to S. l. himalayana, with the exception of the dorsolateral stripe bordering the dark lateral band, which is usually more pronounced in himalayana. Another difference is that the head is distinctly separated from the body by a narrower neck in himalayana. In capitanea the head is small and narrower than the neck. The number of scales around the body usually is higher in capitanea, but some specimens of himalayana have 31 or 32 scales as well (Ouboter 1986: 34).
|Etymology||From Latin capitaneus, meaning large.|