Volume 9-14 (2020-26)

v9i1218v9.i1.218
ISSN: 1800-427X (printed)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)
DOI:10.47605/tapro.v9i1.218

Submitted date: 17 April 2020
Accepted date: 30 April 2020
Published date: 21 May 2020
Pp. 23–30, pls. 9–11.

A NEW SPECIES OF Lankascincus GREER, 1991 (REPTILIA : SCINCIDAE) FROM THE RAKWANA HILLS OF SRI LANKA

L.J. Mendis Wickramasinghe*, Dulan Ranga Vidanapathirana & Nethu Wickramasinghe
*Corresponding author. E-mail: mendi.w@ime.edu.lk

Abstract
A new species of the endemic scincid lizard genus Lankascincus from the Rakwana hills of Sri Lanka, is described. The new species is distinguished from its congeners by possessing the following combination of characters: maximum SVL less than 35.0 mm, prefrontals in broad contact, seven supralabials, last supralabial scale split, 24 mid-body scale rows, 46–48 paravertebrals, 49–51 ventrals, 13–16 lamellae on fourth toe, and a conspicuous dark brown band from snout to mid-tail, gradually fading posteriad. The number of palpebral scales around eye is used as a meristic character in the genus Lankascincus for the first time.

Key words : Central highlands, rainforest, Ristella, South Asia, systematics, taxonomy

Section Editor: Jakob Hallermann
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v9i1217v9.i1.217
ISSN: 1800-427X (printed)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)
DOI:10.47605/tapro.v9i1.217

Submitted date: 05 December 2019
Accepted date: 17 March 2020
Published date: 21 May 2020
Pp. 12–22, pls. 4–8.

A REVISION OF Eutropis rudis (BOULENGER, 1887), RESURRECTION OF E. lewisi (BARTLETT, 1895) AND DESCRIPTION OF A NEW SPECIES (REPTILIA : SCINCIDAE) FROM GREAT NICOBAR

A.A. Thasun Amarasinghe*, S.R. Chandramouli, Kaushik Deuti, Patrick D. Campbell, Sujan M. Henkanaththegedara & Suranjan Karunarathna
*Corresponding author. E-mail: thasun@rccc.ui.ac.id

Abstract
We examined the syntype series of Eutropis rudis (6 specimens) collected from Sumatra and Borneo, currently deposited at the Natural History Museum, London. We observed that the type series is composed of two species. In order to stabilize application of the name, we designate a lectotype for E. rudis from Sumatra. Mabuya lewisi, described based on a specimen from Borneo, is resurrected as a valid species of Eutropis and redescribed. Based on morphology and geographic distribution, we describe a new species of this complex from Great Nicobar Island with two specimens deposited at the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata.

Key words : Borneo, Great Channel, lectotype, Mabuya, Sumatra, systematic, taxonomy

Section Editor: Jakob Hallermann
LSID:urn:lsid:zoobank.org
v9i1216v9i1.216
ISSN: 1800-427X (printed)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)
DOI:10.47605/tapro.v9i1.216

Submitted date: 01 December 2019
Accepted date: 04 February 2020
Published date: 21 May 2020
Pp. 3–11, pls. 1–3.

REDISCOVERY OF MODIGLIANI’S NOSE-HORNED LIZARD, Harpesaurus modiglianii VINCIGUERRA, 1933 (REPTILIA : AGAMIDAE) AFTER 129 YEARS WITHOUT ANY OBSERVATION

Chairunas A. Putra, A.A. Thasun Amarasinghe*, Desy Hikmatullah, Stefano Scali, JanJaap Brinkman, Ulrich Manthey & Ivan Ineich
*Corresponding author. E-mail: thasun@rccc.ui.ac.id

Abstract
The Modigliani’s nose-horned lizard, Harpesaurus modiglianii Vinciguerra, 1933, is one of the rarest lizards in the world, known only from its single type specimen collected in 1891, from North Sumatra, Indonesia. During explorations of the forests surrounding Lake Toba and its caldera, we discovered a population of H. modiglianii at an elevation of 1,675 m a.s.l., and provide the first data on its habitat. We here re-describe the species based on an examination of its type and new material, and provide an English translation of the complete original description which was originally written in Italian.

Key words : Living population, Toba Caldera, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, elevation forest

Section Editor: Philip Bowles
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v9i1215v9i1.215
ISSN: 1800-427X (printed)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)
DOI:10.47605/tapro.v9i1.215

Published date: 21 May 2020
Pp. 1–2

EDITORIAL : The IUCN Red List and its role in data-driven conservation

Philip Bowles
Deputy Editor: Taprobanica, the journal of Asian Biodiversity

“When in America hundreds of thousands of acres of primeval forest are annually destroyed the conditions of life of a numerous fauna and flora must be thereby suddenly changed, leaving no choice but extermination” – Weissmann 1882
v9i1226v9i1.226
ISSN: 1800-427X (printed)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)
DOI:10.47605/tapro.v9i1.226

Submitted date: 29 July 2020
Accepted date: 30 August 2020
Published date: 03 September 2020
Pp. 121–132, pls. 43–45.

A REASSESSMENT OF THE SYSTEMATIC POSITION OF THE ASIAN RANID FROG Hylorana nicobariensis STOLICZKA, 1870 (AMPHIBIA : ANURA) WITH THE DESCRIPTION OF A NEW GENUS

S.R. Chandramouli*, Amir Hamidy & A.A. Thasun Amarasinghe
*Corresponding author. E-mail: findthesnakeman@gmail.com

Abstract
We reassessed the systematic position of the ranid frog Hylorana (=Hylarana) nicobariensis that, owing to its uncertain phylogenetic position and lack of clear morphological characterisation, has lately been allocated to various Asian and African frog genera such as Rana, Sylvirana, Hylarana, Amnirana, and most recently to Indosylvirana. Based on an integrative approach of both phylogenetic and morphological affinities, we describe a new genus to accommodate Hylorana (=Hylarana) nicobariensis and redescribe the species based on new topotypic material from the Nicobar Islands.

Key words : Amnirana, Indosylvirana, phylogeny, Southeast Asia, Sundaland, taxonomy

Section Editor: Enrique La Marca
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