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Sphenomorphus scotophilus (BOULENGER, 1900)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Selangor Forest Skink, Spotted Forest Skink
G: Selangor-Waldskink 
SynonymLygosoma scotophilum BOULENGER 1900
Lygosoma floweri LAIDLAW 1901 (fide TAYLOR 1963)
Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) scotophilum — SMITH 1937: 219
Sphenomorphus scotophilus — TAYLOR 1963: 1015
Lygosoma scotophilum — HENDRICKSON 1966: 66
Lygosoma scotophilum — MCCLURE et al. 1967
Sphenomorphus scotophilus — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 281
Sphenomorphus scotophilus — COX et al. 1998: 117
Sphenomorphus scotophilus — GRISMER 2006
Sphenomorphus scotophilus (?) — ONN et al. 2010
Sphenomorphus scotophilus — GRISMER & QUAH 2019 
DistributionS Thailand (Trang), West Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Rumpia, Pulau Tioman, Sembilan Islands, Sumatra [COX et al. 1998]

Type locality: Batu Caves, Selangor [West Malaysia]  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.16.94 (formerly 1901.3.20.3), Batu Caves, Selangor, collected A.L. Butler 
CommentTAYLOR 1963 wasn’t absolutely sure about the identity of the specimen he described (USNM 24031 from Trang, Thailand). 
  • Badli-Sham, B.H., Ayob, M., Halim, M.F.A., Mustafa, S.K., Ismail, N.F., Andam, J., Belabut, D.M. & Ahmad, A.B. 2019. HERPETOFAUNA IN SOUTHERN PART OF PULAU TIOMAN, PAHANG, PENINSULAR MALAYSIA. Journal of Wildlife and Parks, 34: 23-38 (2019) 23 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1900. Description of a new lizard from the Batu Caves, Selangor. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 13: 335. - get paper here
  • Chan-ard, T., Parr, J.W.K. & Nabhitabhata, J. 2015. A field guide to the reptiles of Thailand. Oxford University Press, NY, 352 pp. [see book reviews by Pauwels & Grismer 2015 and Hikida 2015 for corrections] - get paper here
  • Cox, Merel J.; Van Dijk, Peter Paul; Jarujin Nabhitabhata & Thirakhupt,Kumthorn 1998. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Ralph Curtis Publishing, 144 pp.
  • Goldberg, Stephen R. and L. Lee Grismer. 2014. Sphenomorphus scotophilus (spotted forest skink) reproduction. Herpetological Review 45 (3): 508 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. Lee 2006. Two new species of skinks (Genus Sphenomorphus Fitzinger 1843) from the Seribuat Archipelago, West Malaysia. Herpetological Natural History 9 (2): 151-162.
  • Grismer, L. Lee. 2008. A new species of insular skink (Genus Sphenomorphus Fitzinger 1843) from the Langkawi Archipelago, Kedah, West Malaysia with the first report of the herpetofauna of Pulau Singa Besar and an updated checklist of the herpetofauna of Pulau Langkawi. Zootaxa 1691: 53-66 - get paper here
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; & EVAN S. H. QUAH 2019. An updated and annotated checklist of the lizards of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and their adjacent archipelagos. Zootaxa 4545 (2): 230–248 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L. 2007. A new species of small montane forest floor skink (genus Sphenomorphus Fitzinger 1843) form Southern peninsular Malaysia. Herpetologica 63 (4): 544-551 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L. 2011. Amphibians and reptiles of the Seribuat Archipelago. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 239 pp.
  • Grismer, L.L. 2011. Lizards of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and their adjacent archipelagos. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 728 pp. [review in Herp. Rev. 43: 155] - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; Ahmad, N. & Kin Onn, C. 2009. A new, diminutive, upland Sphenomorphus Fitzinger 1843 (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 2312: 27–38 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L.; Wood Jr., P.L. & Grismer, J.L. 2009. A New Insular Species of Skink of the Genus Sphenomorphus Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Scincidae) from Pulau Perhentian Besar, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. Tropical Life Sciences Research, 20(1): 51–69 - get paper here
  • Grossmann, Wolfgang; Thomas Kowalski & Christian Schäfer 2023. Herpetologische Erlebnisse auf Pulau Tulai, Westmalaysia, mit Anmerkungen zu Gekko monarchus. Sauria 45 (2): 37
  • Hendrickson,J.R. 1966. Observations on the fauna of Pulau Tioman and Pulau Tulai. 5. The Reptiles. Bull. Nat. Mus. Singapore 34: 53-71
  • Laidlaw, F. 1901. On a collection of lizards from the Malay Peninsula, made by members of the “Skeat Expedition,” 1899–1900. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1901 (I): 301-311 - get paper here
  • Lim, K.K.P. & Ng, H.H. 1999. The terrestrial herpetofauna of Pulau Tioman, Peninsular Malaysia. Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl. No. 6: 131-155 - get paper here
  • Manthey, U. & Grossmann, W. 1997. Amphibien & Reptilien Südostasiens. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 512 pp. - get paper here
  • McClure, H. Elliott; Boo-Liat Lim , and Sarah E. Winn 1967. FAUNA OF THE DARK CAVE, BATU CAVES, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA. Pacific Insects 9 (3): 399-428
  • Milto, K.D. and O.S. Bezman-Moseyko 2021. Herpetofauna of the Maninjau caldera, West Sumatra, Indonesia, with special account to geckos. Proceedings of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Science 325(4): 430–446. - get paper here
  • Onn, Chan Kin; J. van Rooijen, L. Lee Grismer, Daicus Belabut,, Mohd. Abdul Muin Md. Akil, Hamidi Jamaludin, Rick Gregory, and Norhayati Ahmad 2010. FIRST REPORT ON THE HERPETOFAUNA OF PULAU PANGKOR, PERAK, MALAYSIA. Russ. J. Herpetol. 17 (2): 139 – 146 - 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
  • Taylor, E.H. 1963. The lizards of Thailand. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 44: 687-1077. - get paper here
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