Taxonomy and predicted distribution of a rare Indian skink, Eutropis innotata (Blanford, 1870) (Reptilia: Scincidae) with the redescription of its holotype

A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe, S. R. Ganesh, Harshil Patel, Kaushik Deuti, Patrick D. Campbell, M. Jafer Palot, Suranjan Karunarathna, A. Abinawanto, Jatna Supriatna

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Abstract

We examined the holotype of Euprepes innotatus Blanford, 1870 which was presented to the Natural History Museum, London (NHMUK) by Blanford himself, and is redescribed herein. Based on the morphological similarity, we placed Eutropis innotata within the E. carinata group (contra Blanford, 1870), as it is closely allied to E. dissimilis and E. carinata in morphological and morphometric traits. Based on the current distribution pattern, we conducted Species Distribution Modelling using the Maximum Entropy algorithm and the distribution range of this species was predicted to be wider than the currently known limits within the south-central parts of the Deccan plateau. Furthermore, we updated the conservation status of E. innotata using the criteria of the IUCN Red List, and suggested it be considered as a species of Least Concern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-590
Number of pages14
JournalZootaxa
Volume4981
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Deccan plateau
  • Habitat prediction
  • Holotype
  • Mabuya
  • Morphometric
  • Taxonomy

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