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Description of a new species of Sri Lankan litter skink (Squamata: Scincidae:Lankascincus)

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Sudesh Batuwita,

Wildlife Heritage Trust, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka, LK
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Rohan Pethiyagoda

Wildlife Heritage Trust, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka, LK
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Abstract

Lankascincus greeri, a new species of litter skink, is described from Sri Lanka. The new species, which is widely distributed throughout the rainforests of the south-western lowlands, is distinguished from all other members of this genus by the presence of paired frontoparietals; possessing 2 secondary temporals in contact with each other; and by having 42-45 paravertebrals, 18-21 subdigital lamellae on fourth digit of pes and a maximum SVL of 58.5 mm. A paratype of Sphenomorphus dorsicatenatus is rediscovered (the type series having long been considered lost) and assigned to Lankascincus.

Key words: Reptilia, Sphenomorphus, endemism, Ceylon, Lygosominae

Doi: 10.4038/cjsbs.v36i2.482

Cey. J. Sci. (Bio. Sci.) 36 (2): 80-87, 2007

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v36i2.482
How to Cite: Batuwita, S. & Pethiyagoda, R., (2009). Description of a new species of Sri Lankan litter skink (Squamata: Scincidae:Lankascincus). Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences). 36(2), pp.80–87. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v36i2.482
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Published on 09 Jun 2009.
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